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Here are five kids who spent last year in the AH L, but are now NHL-ready

TRAVIS SANHEIM PHILADEL­PHIA FLY­ERS

The tal­ented de­fense man was a driver for Le­high Val­ley, rank­ing sec­ond in of­fense among Phan­toms D-men and us­ing his mo­bil­ity to his ad­van­tage. The Fly­ers have a lot of com­pe­ti­tion for blueline roles, but he’s at the head of the pack.

JULIUS HONKA DAL­LAS STARS

The mo­bile, of­fen­sive blue­liner got a 16-game taste with the Stars, but his ap­pren­tice ship with AH L Texas should bed one. Honk a’ s game is tai­lor-made for to­day’ s NHL and a more set­tled de­fense corps in Dal­las will help him alongth­e­way.

KYLE CON­NOR WIN­NIPEG JETS

Still Calder-el­i­gi­ble, Con­nor saw 20 games with the Jets, but the fast and skilled for­ward did most of his dam­age with Man­i­toba. He and Jack Roslovic were the Moose’s top scor­ers and both have earned more time with the big club.

EVGENY SVECHNIKOV DETROIT REDWINGS

The Red Wings are starv­ing for tal­ent and Svechnikov would bring a nice in­jec­tion of size and skill. The big Rus­sian helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup last sea­son and his will­ing­ness to work hard and learn fits in any lineup.

DANNY O’RE­GAN SAN­JOSE SHARKS

The AHL’s high­est-scor­ing rookie last sea­son, O’Re­gan is a smart and tal­ented cen­ter who also has some se­ri­ous wheels. As op­por­tu­ni­ties open up in San Jose, he will have the best chance to cash in on a ros­ter spot

TRAVIS SANHEIM

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