Match Ups: Round One
Hershey Bears v. Portland Pirates
Toronto Marlies v. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
San Diego Gulls v. Texas Stars
Ontario Reign v. San Jose Barracuda
Lake Erie Monsters v. Rockford Ice Hogs
Millauawke v. Grand Rapids Griffins
Providence Bruins v. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Albany Devils v. Utica Comets
Hershey in 5. The Bears' success is unlike any other farm team. They have good veteran goalies in Dan Ellis and Justin Peters. They have good veteran forwards in the Chris Borque and Ryan Borque, and Sean Collins. They have good veteran defensemen in Mike Moore and Ryan Stanton. They also have good young players in the likes of Nate Waker and Madison Bowey. The Pirates do not have a bad team, but some of their better players are helping the big club.
Marlies in 4. The Marlies are a young and stacked club. No ways around it. They are trying to get their prospect pool as deep as the Griffins. The Sound Tigers have their own stash of prospects, but most of theirs are in the juniors.
Gulls in 5. Both teams are competitive, but the Gulls have more talent.
Griffins in 4. The Admirals are the top team, but the series is pretty much over with.
Albany in 4. The Comets are struggling for some reason, and I think they are the better team.
Ontario in 5. The Kings' development team is much stronger than the Sharks.