Minor Distractions – AHL Chicago Wolves 1st Half 2019-20

The Chicago Wolves have now played 38 games which means they are half way through the 2019-20 AHL season. So it seems like a good time to take a look and see how the team has performed thus far.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 4th in the Central Division, 7th in the Western Conference, and 20th in the AHL with a 17-17-4 record (50.0 P%). They are 29th in the league with 2.39 goals for per game, 10th with 2.87 goals against per game, and 25th with a 45.5% goal differential.

They have gone 27/156 for a 17.3 PP% (#18 in the AHL) and stopped 121/126 for an 80.2 PK% (#24). They have given up 5 shorthanded goals against (9th most in the league) and have scored 3 shorthanded goals of their own (19th).

They have gotten better, moving up in to playoff contention, and have gotten better defensively giving up fewer goals against and improving on the PK, although their numbers still aren’t great. On the other hand they actually managed to get even worse offensively, scoring fewer goals and converting less often on the PP. The fact that they are improving is a positive sign, but they still need to be better.

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Minor Distractions – AHL Chicago Wolves 1st Quarter

With a 76-game schedule the 1st quarter is complete after 19 games, but the Chicago Wolves have already played 20 so I am just a little behind. So let’s go ahead and take a look to see how they have performed so far in the 2019-20 AHL season.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 7th in the Central Division, 13th in the Western Conference, and 28th in the AHL with an 8-11-1 record (42.5 P%). They are 29th in the league with 2.45 goals for per game and 23rd with 3.20 goals against per game leaving them at 29th with a 43.4% goal differential.

They have gone 16/84 for a 19.0 PP% (#11 in the AHL) and stopped 58/74 for a 78.4 PK% (#25). They have given up 4 shorthanded goals against (tied for 2nd most in the league) and scored 2 shorthanded goals of their own (tied for 15th).

Overall not a great start for the team, and not really any areas to be very pleased about. They are giving up too many goals against and have a disappointing PK but unfortunately aren’t scoring enough either. I would count their PP as a positive if it weren’t for the fact that they give up so many shorthanded.

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Vegas Golden Knights 2019 Training Camp

The Vegas Golden Knights are gearing up for the 2019-20 NHL season with their annual training camp set to begin this weekend. They have invited 53 players to camp: 7 goaltenders, 17 defensemen, and 29 forwards. There are a number of key roster battles to watch this year and the team will need to be down to a 23-man roster (and cap compliant) before the regular season begins on October 2.

We are going to take a look at the preseason schedule, seeing if we can get an idea of when we can expect rooster cuts to take place, and examine to roster to try to estimate the opening night lineup/salary cap and what the minor league options will be.

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Vegas Golden Knights 2019 Prospect Development Camp

The Vegas Golden Knights have announced their roster and schedule for the 2019 Prospect Development Camp. There will be 43 players split into two practice groups. 24 forwards, 15 defensemen, and 4 goaltenders. Most of their picks from the past three drafts will be in attendance as well as a number of free agent invites. Camp runs from Tuesday June 25 through Saturday June 29.

Schedule

Tuesday June 25 – Team building event in the morning with Team Grey and Team White each getting 1 afternoon practice session.

Wednesday June 26 – Team White and Team Grey each have a morning and afternoon practice session.

Thursday June 27 – Team White and Team Grey each have a morning practice session then return together for an afternoon scrimmage.

Friday June 28 – Joint scrimmage in the morning

Saturday June 29 – Joint scrimmage in the morning

Roster

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Chicago Wolves – 1st Quarter 2018-19

The Chicago Wolves have now completed the first 19 games of the 2018-19 AHL season, which puts them 1/4 of the way through the year. So we are going to take a look at their performance thus far. For skaters we are primarily concerned about Even Strength stats (e.g. no special teams and no empty net/extra attacker), although I have included a little bit of PP/PK as well as the estimated TOI values. For the team stats and goaltenders we are looking at overall numbers.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 3rd in the Central Division, 5th in the Western Conference, and 11th in the AHL with a 10-6-3 record (60.5 P%). Their 3.89 GF per game is #3 in the league while their 3.21 GA per game is #11 in the AHL, leaving them at #5 with a 54.8 GF%. They are 19th in the league having gone 17/98 at a 17.3 PP% while they are 25th having stopped 71/92 for a 77.2 PK%.

 

Goaltenders

Lagace went 4-3-1 with a 2.55 GAA and 90.9 Sv%. He is #12 in GAA and #14 in Sv% amongst 46 qualified goaltenders.

Dansk went 6-3-2 with a 3.39 GAA and 88.1 Sv%. He is #33 in GAA and #39 in Sv% amongst 46 qualified goaltenders.

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Chicago Wolves – October 2018

The Chicago Wolves finished the month of October with a 6-2-1 record. They are currently sitting at #2 in the Central Division, #4 in the Western Conference, and #7 in the AHL with a 72.2 Points%.

The Wolves have outscored their opponents 37-26. They currently sit at #4 in the AHL at 4.11 Goals For per game and #10 in the AHL at 2.89 Goals Against per game, giving them 1 58.7 GF% which is #7 in the league. Chicago are #20 in the league having gone 7/44 for a 15.9 PP% and are #23 having stopped 35/46 for a 76.1 PK%.

 

Goaltenders

Lagace has gone 3-2-0 with a 2.26 GAA and 91.9 Sv%.

Dansk has gone 3-0-1 with a 3.16 GAA and 89.6 Sv%.

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2018 Chicago Wolves Training Camp

The Chicago Wolves began their AHL training camp on Sunday September 23. They posted an initial training camp roster on September 22 and have already made a couple of updates. They are scheduled to practice throughout the week and play a single preseason game against the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday September 29.

As of now they have 40 players: 5 goaltenders, 13 defensemen, and 22 forwards. They should be getting a few additional players as they still need to make five more cuts from the Vegas Golden Knights NHL training camp roster. Of course there is no guarantee that they will have 5 new players added to Chicago, they could end up losing a player to waivers or making a trade, and one can even still be sent back to the WHL rather than joining the Wolves.

Next we shall take a look at the AHL training camp roster to see who is in attendance.

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