2019–20 AHL season

The 2019–20 AHL season is the 84th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season begins October 4, 2019, and ends April 11, 2020.[1] The 2020 Calder Cup playoffs follow the conclusion of the regular season.

2019–20 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Playoffs
Calder Cup

League changes

For the first time since 2012, there were no team changes in the offseason. The league also retained the same four division alignment of 31 teams, with teams in each division playing 76 games except for the seven-team Pacific Division with 68 games each.[1] The Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the regular season champion is still awarded based on points percentage.

Coaching changes

Off–season
Team2018–19 coach2019–20 coachNotes
Charlotte CheckersMike VellucciRyan WarsofskyVellucci left for the WBS Penguins head coaching position after leading the Checkers to the 2019 Calder Cup. Warsofsky was promoted from the assistant coaching position.
Cleveland MonstersJohn MaddenMike EavesMadden resigned after three seasons and one playoff appearance. He was replaced by Eaves, a longtime Wisconsin Badgers head coach, but most recently with Div. III St. Olaf College.
Hartford Wolf PackKeith McCambridgeKris KnoblauchMcCambridge was fired after two seasons and never making the playoffs. Knoblach was hired after serving as a Philadelphia Flyers assistant following several seasons as a head coach in major juniors.
Rochester AmericansChris TaylorGord Dineen[lower-alpha 1]Taylor was called up to the Buffalo Sabres as an interim assistant coach when Don Granato had to take a medical leave of absence days before the season was to start. Dineen was named interim head coach of the Americans.[2]
San Diego GullsDallas EakinsKevin DineenEakins was promoted to head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. Dineen was hired on July 15, 2019, after serving as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks. Dineen had previously been the head coach of the Portland Pirates in the AHL and the Florida Panthers in the NHL.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsClark DonatelliMike VellucciThe Penguins hired Vellucci after his successful stint with the Charlotte Checkers and Donatelli resigned.
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Notes
Rochester AmericansGord DineenChris TaylorFollowing Don Granato's return to his assistant coach position with the Buffalo Sabres, Taylor returned to his head coach position with the Americans. Dineen had a record of 11–3–1–2 as interim head coach of the Americans.
San Jose BarracudaRoy SommerJimmy Bonneau
Michael Chiasson
The San Jose Sharks fired head coach Peter DeBoer on December 11, 2019, promoted assistant coach Bob Boughner to the position of head coach, and brought up Sommer as an associate coach for the Sharks. Sommer had been head coach of the Sharks' AHL affiliate since first being named to the position with the Kentucky Thoroughblades on May 28, 1998, and had a record of 772–743–122. Assistant coaches Bonneau and Chiasson were named as co-coaches of the Barracuda.[3]
Texas StarsDerek LaxdalNeil GrahamThe Dallas Stars fired head coach Jim Montgomery on December 10, 2019, promoted assistant coach Rick Bowness to the position of head coach, and brought up Laxdal as an assistant coach for Dallas. Laxdal had a record of 198–152–55 as head coach of the Texas Stars since being hired in 2014. Texas Stars assistant coach and former Idaho Steelheads head coach Neil Graham was named as Laxdal's replacement on December 10.[4]
Toronto MarliesSheldon KeefeGreg MooreOn November 20, 2019, Keefe was promoted to the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs after Mike Babcock was fired. Moore was named the next head coach of the Marlies on December 1.
  1. Interim

Standings

 y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
 x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
 e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Eastern Conference

As of December 15, 2019[5]

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)281652539.6967968
Providence Bruins (BOS)301891239.65010379
Hershey Bears (WSH)281492333.5897577
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)2814103132.5717982
Springfield Thunderbirds (FLA)3015141031.5178985
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI)2811121427.4826677
Charlotte Checkers (CAR)2611123025.4816776
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)2910153124.4146398
North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
Rochester Americans (BUF)261842240.7698860
Toronto Marlies (TOR)271772137.6859478
Belleville Senators (OTT)261691033.6359284
Utica Comets (VAN)2815101233.5899985
Laval Rocket (MTL)3015123033.5508490
Syracuse Crunch (TB)2715102032.5938986
Cleveland Monsters (CBJ)2813121229.5188275
Binghamton Devils (NJ)278154020.3707297

Western Conference

As of December 15, 2019[5]

Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)292043245.77610369
Rockford IceHogs (CHI)2615100131.5967678
Iowa Wild (MIN)2813112230.5367585
San Antonio Rampage (STL)2810105328.5008081
Manitoba Moose (WPG)2914150028.4838084
Chicago Wolves (VGK)2912152026.4487289
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)2811141225.4468499
Texas Stars (DAL)2811141225.4468099
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
Tucson Roadrunners (ARI)262150042.8089563
Stockton Heat (CGY)251751237.74010179
Ontario Reign (LA)2712113128.5197292
Colorado Eagles (COL)2411102125.5216771
Bakersfield Condors (EDM)2510113124.4807188
San Diego Gulls (ANA)2210111021.4777170
San Jose Barracuda (SJ)249130220.4178185

Statistical leaders

Leading skaters

The following players are sorted by points, then goals. Updated as of December 17, 2019.[6]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Drake Batherson Belleville Senators 2511233418
Reid Boucher Utica Comets 2319143323
Jansen Harkins Manitoba Moose 307243128
Ben Street Binghamton Devils 271118298
Lucas Elvenes Chicago Wolves 307222910
Matthew Phillips Stockton Heat 241216282
Chris Terry Grand Rapids Griffins 2712162816
Yakov Trenin Milwaukee Admirals 1914122614
Cole Schneider Milwaukee Admirals 29917269
Michael Sgarbossa Hershey Bears 2610152514

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders with a minimum 540 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of December 17, 2019.[7]

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

Player Team GPTOISAGASOGAASV%WLOT
Igor ShestyorkinHartford Wolf Pack 181054:425063622.05.9291143
Chris DriedgerSpringfield Thunderbirds 14833:024652902.09.938680
Jonas JohanssonRochester Americans 13689:173282412.09.927822
Veini VehvilainenCleveland Monsters 13775:493402722.09.921571
Hunter MiskaColorado Eagles 10554:443192012.16.937333

See also

References

Preceded by
2018–19
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2020–21
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