There are plenty of positives to take on the NHL Lockout as far as the development of the Rochester Americans and many of the young players that should be wearing a Buffalo Sabres sweater this season.
Only the Lake Erie Monsters can boast a number of 20 or better in the Western Conference, and the Portland Pirates and Syracuse Crunch from the Eastern Conference share the lead with 21.
Foligno’s five goals are the best in the AHL. Cody Hodgson sits atop the AHL leaderboards as well with his 8 assists.
Not every player using the lockout to get better happens to be wearing an Amerks sweater this year. Former Sabres prospect Zach Kassian is using this time in the AHL to strenghten his case and become the player that many in Vancouver hoped he would become when they shipped Hodgson to Buffalo.
Kassian makes his return to Rochester on November 16th when the Abbotsford Heat make an appearance at the Blue Cross Arena.
Rochester’s three game winning streak has them within striking distance of the division lead. Last nights victory pushed them up in the standings to fourth in the conference. They are actually tied in record and points with the division leading Lake Erie Monsters, but the goal differential gives Lake Erie the edge in the standings. The Amerks are a +1 over their opponents; Lake Erie has scored 20 goals while only letting their opponent net 11 goals against.