2018–19 AHL season
The 2018–19 AHL season is the 83rd season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began October 5, 2018 and ended April 15, 2019. The 2019 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season.
|2018–19 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy||Charlotte Checkers|
|Season MVP||Daniel Carr (Chicago)|
|Top scorer||Carter Verhaeghe (Syracuse)|
|Eastern Conference champions||Charlotte Checkers|
|Eastern Conference runners-up||Toronto Marlies|
|Western Conference champions||Chicago Wolves|
|Western Conference runners-up||San Diego Gulls|
|Playoffs MVP||Andrew Poturalski (Charlotte)|
The league expanded by adding the Colorado Eagles to the Pacific Division and moved the two Texas-based teams to the Central Division from the Pacific. The Cleveland Monsters were moved from the Central to the North Division.
Similar to the California and Arizona teams in the Pacific Division, Colorado plays 68 games in the regular season. This gave the Pacific Division a balanced schedule for the first time since its creation in 2015 and removed the necessity for playoff qualification based on points percentage. Continuing from previous seasons, the teams in the Atlantic, North, and Central Divisions all play 76 games. The Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the regular season champion is still awarded based on points percentage.
Team and NHL affiliation changes
After the National Hockey League (NHL) added the Vegas Golden Knights for the 2017–18 season, the NHL had 31 teams while the AHL still had 30. After exploring other AHL expansion options, the NHL Vegas expansion team eventually affiliated with the Chicago Wolves on a multi-year agreement. The affiliation with the Wolves left their former affiliate, the St. Louis Blues, without an affiliate and the Blues would send players to the Wolves and the San Antonio Rampage, the affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
After the 2017 Board of Governors meeting, the league confirmed that it had made a commitment to an expansion applicant for a 31st team for the 2018–19 season later revealed to be the Colorado Eagles. The Eagles organization had been a member of the ECHL prior to the promotion and was the affiliate of the Avalanche. The Eagles join other recently added ECHL markets in the AHL such as Bakersfield, Charlotte, Ontario, and Stockton. The Blues then became the primary affiliate of the Rampage.
|AHL team||New affiliate||Old affiliate|
|Colorado Eagles||Colorado Avalanche||Expansion team|
|San Antonio Rampage||St. Louis Blues||Colorado Avalanche|
- Although the Blues sent players to the Rampage the previous season, they were not the Rampage's primary NHL affiliate and only had a working agreement.
indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention
|y–Charlotte Checkers (CAR)||76||51||17||7||1||110||.724||255||189|
|x–Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)||76||43||24||6||3||95||.625||233||228|
|x–Hershey Bears (WSH)||76||43||25||4||4||94||.618||211||215|
|x–Providence Bruins (BOS)||76||38||27||8||3||87||.572||228||212|
|e–Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI)||76||39||30||4||3||85||.559||240||244|
|e–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)||76||36||30||7||3||82||.539||232||228|
|e–Springfield Thunderbirds (FLA)||76||33||29||9||5||80||.526||250||241|
|e–Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)||76||29||36||7||4||69||.454||209||266|
|y–Syracuse Crunch (TB)||76||47||21||4||4||102||.671||264||187|
|x–Rochester Americans (BUF)||76||46||23||5||2||99||.651||254||218|
|x–Toronto Marlies (TOR)||76||39||24||9||4||91||.599||248||243|
|x–Cleveland Monsters (CBJ)||76||37||29||8||2||84||.553||232||234|
|e–Belleville Senators (OTT)||76||37||31||3||5||82||.539||228||228|
|e–Utica Comets (VAN)||76||34||34||6||2||76||.500||224||257|
|e–Laval Rocket (MTL)||76||30||34||6||6||72||.474||195||231|
|e–Binghamton Devils (NJ)||76||28||41||7||0||63||.414||201||278|
|y–Chicago Wolves (VGK)||76||44||22||6||4||98||.645||250||199|
|x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)||76||36||24||14||2||88||.579||217||207|
|x–Iowa Wild (MIN)||76||37||26||8||5||87||.572||242||230|
|x–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)||76||38||27||7||4||87||.572||217||222|
|e–Manitoba Moose (WPG)||76||39||30||5||2||85||.559||197||219|
|e–Texas Stars (DAL)||76||37||31||4||4||82||.539||238||231|
|e–Rockford IceHogs (CHI)||76||35||31||4||6||80||.526||184||214|
|e–San Antonio Rampage (STL)||76||31||38||6||1||69||.454||196||244|
|y–Bakersfield Condors (EDM)||68||42||21||3||2||89||.654||242||182|
|x–San Jose Barracuda (SJ)||68||39||22||3||4||85||.625||227||197|
|x–San Diego Gulls (ANA)||68||36||24||5||3||80||.588||239||221|
|x–Colorado Eagles (COL)||68||36||27||4||1||77||.560||191||205|
|e–Tucson Roadrunners (ARI)||68||34||26||5||3||76||.559||206||202|
|e–Stockton Heat (CGY)||68||31||31||4||2||68||.500||235||252|
|e–Ontario Reign (LA)||68||25||33||6||4||60||.441||213||274|
|Carter Verhaeghe||Syracuse Crunch||76||34||48||82||34|
|Jeremy Bracco||Toronto Marlies||75||22||57||79||16|
|Daniel Carr||Chicago Wolves||52||30||41||71||10|
|T. J. Tynan||Chicago Wolves||71||12||59||71||28|
|Andrew Poturalski||Charlotte Checkers||72||23||47||70||34|
|Alex Barre-Boulet||Syracuse Crunch||74||34||34||68||16|
|Cal O'Reilly||Iowa Wild||67||16||51||67||14|
|Tyler Benson||Bakersfield Condors||68||15||51||66||44|
|Chris Mueller||Toronto Marlies||60||33||32||65||32|
|Michael Sgarbossa||Hershey Bears||75||30||35||65||91|
The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of April 14, 2019.
GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes); SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout loss
|Alex Nedeljkovic||Charlotte Checkers||51||2917:19||1306||110||4||2.26||.916||34||9||5|
|Marcus Hogberg||Belleville Senators||39||2304:28||1068||89||2||2.32||.917||21||11||6|
|Shane Starrett||Bakersfield Condors||42||2447:41||1156||95||4||2.33||.918||27||7||5|
|Edward Pasquale||Syracuse Crunch||45||2650:11||1241||104||4||2.35||.916||27||12||6|
|Troy Grosenick||Milwaukee Admirals||46||2633:49||1316||106||1||2.41||.919||24||14||6|
Calder Cup playoffs
The 2019 Calder Cup playoffs format was retained from the divisional format of the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs. During the regular season, teams receive two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss. The top four teams in each division ranked by points qualify for the 2019 Calder Cup playoffs.
The 2019 Calder Cup playoffs features a divisional playoff format, leading to conference finals and ultimately the Calder Cup finals. The division semifinals are best-of-five series; all subsequent rounds are best-of-seven.
|Division semifinals||Division finals||Conference finals||Calder Cup final|
- Alex Nedeljkovic (G) – Charlotte
- John Gilmour (D) – Hartford
- Zach Redmond (D) – Rochester
- Jeremy Bracco (F) – Toronto
- Daniel Carr (F) – Chicago
- Carter Verhaeghe (F) – Syracuse
- Shane Starrett (G) – Bakersfield
- Aaron Ness (D) – Hershey
- Ethan Prow (D) – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
- Tyler Benson (F) – Bakersfield
- Chris Mueller (F) – Toronto
- Andrew Poturalski (F) – Charlotte
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