2017-18 AHL Western Conference Team Lists - Central Division

Friday, June 23, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Westward Bound!

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

It's that time of the year! With the expansion draft, the NHL Entry Draft and restricted free agent deadline rapidly approaching it won't be too long before the start of free agency.

Here at Highland Park Hockey (and soon transitioning to a brand new AHL website!), we aim to be the source for all AHL-related off-season news/notes/transactions throughout the summer.

Back again this summer is our team-by-team lists, now broken down by division for a clearer look at each of the 30 AHL clubs - their free agents (both NHL and AHL, RFA/UFA) and more.

As soon as all four divisions' team lists are published online, I'll add links to the others below.
2017-18 Atlantic Division Team Lists
2017-18 North Division Team Lists
2017-18 Pacific Division Team Lists

After the jump, fans of Central Division teams - Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Iowa Manitoba, Milwaukee and Rockford - can take a look at how their favorite team is shaping up for the 2017-18 season prior to the start of free agency on July 1st.

The Central Division is not only home to the defending Calder Cup Champions - the Grand Rapids Griffins - but also to the new Vegas Golden Knights AHL affiliate which will be the Chicago Wolves in 2017-18 and beyond!

Chicago Wolves (Vegas Golden Knights & St. Louis Blues)

NOTE: Until it's officially determined, included in this list are all of both teams' expected AHL'ers for 2017-18.

STL = St. Louis
VGK = Vegas Golden Knights

Under Contract

Forwards: Ivan Barbashev (STL), Samuel Blais (STL) Connor Bleackley (STL), William Carrier (VGK), Reid Duke (VGK), Bryce Gervais (AHL contract), Tomas Hyka (VGK), Mackenzie MacEachern (STL), Steffan Matteau (VGK), Wade Megan (STL), Adam Musil (STL), Tomas Nosek (VGK), Zachary Sanford (STL), Justin Selman (STL), Paul Thompson (VGK), Alex Tuch (VGK) and TJ Tynan (VGK)

Defensemen: Jake Bischoff (VGK), Chris Casto (VGK), Vince Dunn (STL), Brad Hunt (VGK), Jordan Schmaltz (STL), Dmitrii Sergeev (STL), Thomas Vanelli (STL) and Jake Walman (STL)

Goaltenders: Oscar Dansk (VGK), Ville Husso (STL) Maxime Legace (VGK)

Impending Free Agents

NHL RFA: goaltender Jordan Binnington (qualified by STL), defensemen Petteri Lindbohm (qualified by STL) and forwards Brendan Leipsic (VGK), Wade Megan (re-signed one-year, two-way deal - STL), and Oskar Sundqvist (qualified by STL)

NHL UFA: defensemen Chris Butler (STL) and Reid McNeill (STL - signed AHL deal with Syracuse) and forwards Kenny Agostino (STL - signed NHL contract with Boston), Andrew Agozzino (STL), Connor Brickley (VGK - signed one-year/two-way contract with Florida), Jordan Caron (RFA not qualified by STL), Jacob Doty (RFA not qualified by STL), Landon Ferrero (signed a one-year/two-way contract with Minnesota), Brad Malone (STL) & Ty Rattie (RFA not qualified by STL)

AHL UFA (All property of Chicago Wolves): defensemen Jared Nightingale, Kevin Tansey, Scooter Vaughn and James Wisniewski and forwards Ty Loney, Sam Povorozniouk (signed two-year contract in Liiga with Sport) and Brett Sterling

Cleveland Monsters (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Under Contract

Forwards: Vitaly Abramov, Paul Bitner, Carter Camper (AHL - 2 year), Zac Dalpe, Keegan Kolesar, Jordan Maletta, Nick Moutrey, Dante Salituro (traded to Minnesota), Justin Scott, Kole Sherwood, Kevin Stenlund, Calvin Thurkauf and Sam Vigneault

Defensemen: Ryan Collins, Cameron Gaunce, Jacob Graves, Dean Kukan, John Ramage and Blake Siebenaler

Goaltenders: Matiss Kivlenieks and Brad Thiessen (AHL contract)

Impending Free Agents

NHL RFA: forward Alex Broadhurst (re-signed with Columbus)

NHL UFA: goaltender Oscar Dansk (RFA not qualified by Columbus), defensemen Marc-Andre Bergeron, Oleg Yevenko (RFA not qualified by Columbus), Jamie Sifers and Ryan Stanton and forwards Brett Gallant and T.J. Tynan (signed a one-year/two-way contract with Las Vegas)

AHL UFA: goaltender Michael Houser, defenseman Joe Pendenza and forward Ryan Craig (retired to become part of Vegas' coaching staff)

Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)

Under Contract

Forwards: Tyler Bertuzzi, Christoffer Ehn, Corey Elkins (AHL), Luke Esposito (AHL), Matt Ford (AHL), Axel Holmstrom, Matt Lorito, Zach Nastasiuk, Dylan Sadowy, Evgeny Svechnikov, Dominik Shine (AHL), Givani Smith, Eric Tangradi, Dominic Turgeron,

Defensemen: Dennis Cholowski, Joe Hicketts, Filip Hronek, Patrick McCarron (AHL), Daniel Renouf, Vili Saarjarvi, Libor Sulak,

Goaltenders: Jared Coreau and Matej Machovsky

Impending Free Agents

NHL RFA: defensemen Brian Lashoff (qualified) and Robbie Russo (qualified) and forward Martin Frk (qualified)

NHL UFA: goaltenders Edward Pasqueale and Jake Paterson, defensemen Dylan McIlrath and forwards Mitch Callahan and Ben Street

AHL UFA: goaltender Cal Heeter, defensemen Conor Allen, Matthew Caito and Nathan Paetsch, and forwards Mike Borkowski, Colin Campbell, Daniel Cleary (retired), Kyle Criscuolo, Alex Globke, Carter Sandlak and Mathew Santos

Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild)

Under Contract

Forwards: Sam Anas, Colton Beck (AHL), Christoph Bertschy, Landon Ferraro, Adam Gilmour, Pavel Jenys, Justin Kloos, Luke Kunin, Chase Lang, Mario Lucia, Geralad Mayhew (AHL), Cal O'Reilly, Kyle Rau, Dante Salituro,

Defensemen: Gustav Bouramman, Alex Grant, Dylan Labbe, Nick Seeler, Carson Soucy and Hunter Warner

Goaltenders: Adam Vay

Impending Free Agents

NHL RFA: goaltender Steve Michalek (qualified), defensemen Gustav Olofsson (re-signed by Minnesota), Zach Palmquist (qualified) and Mike Reilly (qualified) and forwards Kurtis Gabriel (qualified) and Zack Mitchell (qualified)

NHL UFA: defensemen Alex Gudbranson (RFA not qualified) and Mike Weber and forwards Brady Brassart (RFA not qualified), Patrick Cannone and Ryan Carter

AHL UFA: defenseman Maxime Fortunus and forwards Jeff Hoggan (retired) and Nick Saracino

Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets)

Under Contract

Forwards: Francis Beaullivier (AHL), Kyle Connor, Patrice Cormier (AHL), Chase De Leo, Jansen Harkins, Patrice Cormier (AHL), Brendan Lemieux, James Lodge, Jack Roslovic, Michael Spacek and Brody Sutter (AHL)

Defensemen: Jan Kostalek, Jake Kulevich (AHL), Sami Niku, Nelson Nogier, Tucker Poolman, Peter Stoykewych (AHL)

Goaltenders: Eric Comrie, Colton Phinney (AHL) and Jamie Phillips

Impending Free Agents

NHL RFA: forward JC Lipon (qualified)

NHL UFA: defensemen Brenden Kitchon and Brian Strait and forwards Quinton Howden (RFA not qualified), Scott Kosmachuk (RFA not qualified), Ryan Olsen (RFA not qualified) and Anthony Peluso (signed a one-year/two-way contract with Washington)

AHL UFA: defensemen Jake Baker, Kevin Czuczman, Peter Stoykewych (re-signed AHL contract with Manitoba) and Tyson Wilson and forwards Patrice Cormier (re-signed AHL contract with Manitoba), Brandon Denham, Dan DeSalvo (signed AHL deal with Hartford), Darren Kramer (re-signed AHL contract with Manitoba)

Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)

Under Contract

Forwards: Cody Bass, Victor Ejdsell, Vladislav Kamenev, Tyler Kelleher (AHL), Justin Kirkland, Tyler Moy, Anthony Richard, Trevor Smith and Yakov Trenin

Defensemen: Frederic Allard, Alexandre Carrier, Jack Dougherty, Samuel Girard, Petter Granberg, Trevor Murphy, Andrew O'Brien, Jimmy Oligny (AHL)

Goaltenders: Juuse Saros

Impending Free Agents


NHL UFA: goaltender Jonas Gunnarsson, defenseman Adam Pardy and Jaynen Rissling and forwards Michale Liambas Adam Payerl and Mike Ribeiro

AHL UFA: goaltender Mark Visentin (signed in EBEL with Fehérvár AV19) and forwards Justin Florek (signed in DEL with Iserlohn) and Matt White (signed in DEL with Augsburger)

Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks)

Under Contract

Forwards: Kyle Baun, Laurent Dauphin (acquired from Arizona), Alexandre Fortin, Matthew Highmore, Matheson Iacopelli, Luke Johnson, David Kampf, Graham Knott, Anthony Louis, Nathan Noel, William Pelletier (AHL),

Defensemen: Carl Dahlstrom, Robin Norell, Robin Press (AHL), Darren Raddysh (AHL), Jan Rutta, Luc Snuggerud and Viktor Svedberg,

Goaltenders: Anton Forseberg

Impending Free Agents

NHL RFA: defensemen Erik Gustafsson (qualified) and  Ville Pokka (qualified)

NHL UFA: goaltenders Mac Carruth and Lars Johansson, defensemen Nolan Valleau and forwards Kenton Helgeson, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Michael Latta and Brandon Mashinter

AHL UFA: goaltenders Jake Hildebrand and Eric Levine, defensemen Nick Mattson, Evan Mosey and Robin Press (re-signed AHL contract with Rockford) and forwards Tyler Barnes, Bryn Chyzyk, Jake Dowell (signed in EBEL with EHC Linz), Chris DeSousa, Jeremy Langlois


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