The Calder Cup Championships are about to get underway and either the Texas Stars or St. Johns IceCaps are going to be skating away with the 2014 Calder Cup and title of the best AHL team this year. So we want to know, who do you the fans think will be hoisting the Calder when the series is done?
Will it be the best and most dangerous team from the AHL regular season the Texas Stars or will it be the Atlantic Division winning St. Johns IceCaps?
While the Stars have had one of the best and most dominate offence this season, they will certainly be in for a tough task when they square off against Michael Hutchinson. They were able to solve the stone wall known as Drew MacIntyre, but Hutchinson will be an entirely different story. If the Stars can’t jump on him and score early, this series could be lights out. The Stars will need to generate lots of shots on Hutchinson.
The good thing for the Stars is their experience. Not only have they survived game 7’s in the AHL Playoffs already, they have two players who were apart of the Dallas Stars playoff run.
For the IceCaps, they need to utilize both their offencive blue line and their AHL post-season best penalty kill. With Hutchinson between the pipes, their defence such as Christopher Nilstorp jumping into the rush and their willingness to sacrifice at all cost, they’re a very dangerous opponent.
While the IceCaps don’t have any NHL playoff experience on their roster, they do have 8 players who played with the Winnipeg Jets during the regular season. Jason Jaffray will be a huge game changer for the IceCaps, while the Stars will rely on Travis Moron.
It’s going to be a tough battle will the strong offence of the Stars or the solid goaltender and overall complete team battle do the trick for the IceCaps?