Report: The AHL to cancel the rest of its season

Photo credit Photo: Micheline Michaelina - Rochester Americans
By WGR 550 SportsRadio

Last week, the American Hockey League suspended it's season indefinitely, just like the National Hockey League did along with many other sports leagues.

There has been plenty of speculation on what the NHL could do for the rest of the season when it returns. It looks as though the AHL will not return to finish their year.

According to NHL Network's Brian Lawton, he reports that the AHL will be canceling the remainder of the 2019-20 season rather than trying to continue the season at a later date.

I am told the American Hockey League will be announcing plans to cancel the remainder of the season. I expect clubs to begin process of notifying staff shortly.

— Brian Lawton (@brianlawton9) March 16, 2020

The AHL released a statement on Monday not officially canceling the 2019-20 season, but the league said that the indefinite suspension will not be lifted before May, and that it is recommending that team return their players to their primary residences.

Update from @TheAHL regarding 2019-20 season:

— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) March 16, 2020

This would mean the end of the season for the Rochester Americans, who sat in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 75 points in 62 games.

Much of the Amerks' success this season has come from veteran players. Not much of their producers are players that will one day make an impact on the Sabres.

Of the Amerks' top-six scorers, just one is under the age of 24. That player happens to be 2017 fourth round pick Jacob Bryson.

Casey Mittelstadt had seen some offensive success since being sent down. The 21-year-old finishes his AHL campaign with 25 points in 36 games.