The Anaheim Ducks have their own American Hockey League affiliate, after the team announced a partnership this morning with the Syracuse Crunch.
Here’s why that is good news for the Reign:
The Bakersfield Condors, the Ducks’ ECHL affiliate, got off to a torrid start this season because Anaheim – without an AHL affiliate – was forced to send many of its top prospects to Bakersfield early in the year. Forwards Dan Sexton and Kyle Calder, and goaltender Timo Pielmeier, have all spent time in both a Condors and Ducks uniform this season. The Condors were leading the Pacific Division by 13 points at one point in January, before injuries allowed some of their best players to find homes in the AHL.
With the Ducks’ best prospects heading to Syracuse next season, don’t expect to see them beating up on the Reign early next year.