HERSHEY BEARS

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 46-22-5-2 (100 pts) — 1st in East Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Won in 1st round over Worcester 3-1; Lost in 2nd round to Hartford 4-2

Key Addition: After scoring 29 goals and 66 points for Hartford, Chris Bourque returns to Hershey. On the power play, Bourque tallied 11 goals, which lead Hartford and should be able to help Hershey fill in the the power play firepower they lost this offseason.

Key Loss: Accounting for 25 goals last season, Casey Wellman’s move to the KHL will be a big hit to the Bears’ offence. Wellman was the second-leading scorer on the team with 54 points and second in power play goals with six.

What to Watch For: With the goalie pipeline dried up for a bit, the reins will be handed over to Dan Ellis, who put up a 22-12-3 record in San Antonio last season. Ellis will also be in charge of mentoring rookie Vitek Vanecek. The 15 power play goals that Stanislav Galiev had last year will be missed as he makes his NHL debut, but Jakub Vrana’s rookie season and the return of Chris Bourque could help recoup the loss of Galiev and Wellman’s point production.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 43-24-5-4 (95 pts) — 1st in Northeast Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Won in 1st round over Providence 3-2; Won in 2nd round over Hershey 4-2; Lost in 3rd round to Manchester 4-0

Key Addition: With 26 goals last season, Jayson Megna came into his own last season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. There could be a chance of a midseason call-up to the Rangers, but Megna will prove valuable to what the Wolf Pack lost in the summer.

Key Loss: After leading the team in goals, assists, points, and power play goals, Chris Bourque is on the move, which will leave a giant void in the offense without him and second leading scorer Danny Kristo there.

What to Watch For: With both Yann Danis and Mackenzie Skapski gone, the platoon duty in net will be up to Magnus Hellberg and Jeff Malcolm with Hellberg most likely getting the bulk of the time due to experience. With Bourque and Kristo gone, the Wolf Pack will turn to Megna, Ryan Haggerty, and Marek Hrivik to pick up the slack in scoring.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 45-24-3-4 (97 pts) — 2nd in East Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Won in 1st round over Syracuse 3-0; Lost in 2nd round to Manchester 4-1

Key Addition: Despite having one of the top defenses last season, Steven Oleksy will provide even more protection in front of Matt Murray. Oleksy provides plenty of defensive zone help and is not afraid to add the physical aspect to any game.

Key Loss: Leading goal-scorer Jayson Megna and his 26 goals have gone on to Hartford, which will be rough for the Baby Pens to lose, as they only had Megna and Conor Sheary as 20-goal scorers on the roster last year.

What to Watch For: Matt Murray will have to prove that his rookie season wasn’t a fluke. Though there might be some drop-off, the reigning AHL Rookie of the Year will look to build off his 25 wins and 12 shutouts from last campaign. The Baby Pens will get a boost on defense, if only in the short term, with the demotion of Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot to WBS. Pouliot provided 7 goals and 24 points in 31 games last year in the AHL. The offensive duties will fall on the shoulder of Sheary and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

PROVIDENCE BRUINS

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 41-26-7-2 (91 pts) — 2nd in Atlantic Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Lost in 1st round to Hartford 3-2

Key Addition: After a career year in Utica, Brandon DeFazio will join the Bruins and give them a 20-goal scorer, which they lacked last season. More importantly, DeFazio is critical when the team is shorthanded, providing three shorthanded goals last season to lead the Comets.

Key Loss: Justin Florek was last season’s second leading scorer on the Bruins (11g, 24a), but with his departure to the Islanders organization, the Bruins will have to find an heir to the secondary scoring throne that Florek leaves behind.

What to Watch For: The reaction that Alexander Khokhlachev has to being demoted will be one of the main storylines. Many thought Khokhlachev would be in Boston full-time by now rather than preparing for his third season in the AHL, but with his production on a downward trend, it may keep him from Boston even longer.

PORTLAND PIRATES

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 39-28-7-2 (87 pts) — 4th in Atlantic Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Lost in 1st round to Manchester 3-2

Key Addition: Shane Harper and his 32 goals from last season should add to an already potent offense that boasted three 20-goal scorers a season ago. Harper has come into his own since turning pro, as his 50-point campaign last year was his highest since leaving major juniors at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Key Loss: After leading the team last season, Bobby Butler moved overseas to play with MODO in the Swedish League. His 27 goals and 32 assists led the team and Butler’s six power play goals were second only to Garrett Wilson’s eight.

What to Watch For: With Butler and Connor Brickley not on the team this season, the Pirates will be hard pressed to get pucks in the net. With the addition of Harper and Rob Schremp, the offense should be able to deal with the loss of last season’s contributors. Despite the affiliation change, Mike McKenna will stay in Portland, which should help others with transition to a new city and should help Sam Brittain’s development in the AHL.

LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 33-35-7-1 (74 pts) — 4th in East Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Did Not Qualify

Key Addition: In giving up the third most goals in the league, Davis Drewiske’s arrival will help in keeping the puck out. With a fairly young blueline this year, Drewiske, his plus-15 last season, and NHL experience will go a long way in developing the Phantoms defense.

Key Loss: After leading the Phantoms in goals last season with 23, Jason Akeson will be moving onto the Rochester Americans. Akeson also had three shorthanded markers, which also led the Phantoms.

What to Watch For: In acquiring Jason LaBarbera, they will have someone to help push Anthony Stolarz and show him the ropes. Stolarz posted a 9-13-4 record with an abysmal 3.28 GAA in his rookie season. Shayne Gostisbehere being healthy will help the blueline, as well as offensive production from the back-end. Picking up Chris Conner (19g, 33a) from Hershey will fill the void that Akeson left behind.

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 38-28-8-2 (86 pts) — 3rd in Northeast Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Did Not Qualify

Key Addition: After splitting the season between Utica and Bridgeport, Dustin Jeffrey brings plenty of scoring that the Falcons may have lost in the offseason. With 25 goals and 65 points last season, his energy and offensive prowess will help the Falcons get back to the playoffs.

Key Loss: The loss of Alexandre Bolduc will hurt the Falcons, as he was the team’s leading scorer last season, contributing 23 goals and 52 points. His seven power play goals and two shorthanded goals also tied for the team lead.

What to Watch For: With the Coyotes’ AHL team back in Springfield for the first time since 2004, there’s plenty to build on. The team had its first sub-200 goals-against season in organization history and hope that Domingue can continue his solid play in net after a 11-6-2 record last season. The Falcons will look to Brendan Shinnimin to help contribute offensively alongside Henrik Samuelsson and Jeffrey.

BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS

2014-15 Regular Season Record: 28-40-7-1 (64 pts) — 5th in Northeast Division

2015 Calder Cup Playoffs Results: Did Not Qualify

Key Addition: After a year of poor goaltending, the Sound Tigers will look to see how Christopher Gibson does between the pipes. At 24-17-3 last year, Gibson helped Toronto reach the playoffs again, though it was a quick exit for the Marlies.

Key Loss: Having registered 44 points in 60 games, Harry Zolnierczyk brought some much needed offense to the Sound Tigers. The experience he brought by playing in the NHL helps some of the young players the Sound Tigers had on their roster.

What to Watch For: The promotion of Ryan Pulock will leave a big hole in the power play, where Pulock potted 13 goals from the point. Alan Quine (23g, 38a) will have a lot on his plate when it comes to providing the scoring, but the hopes are that Mike Halmo (10g, 8a) will help out after only playing 33 games last season.

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