READY FOR THE SHOW
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