With the NHL still locked out, North American hockey fans can safely turn their attention to the AHL, and get a glimpse of hockey's future stars, all the while satiating their thirst for hockey.
Both of Florida's teams have notched one win so far in the AHL season, as the Tampa Bay Lightning's affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, are 1-0 with a shootout loss, while the San Antonio Rampage, the Florida Panthers' affiliate, are 1-1 on the young season.
Syracuse currently finds themselves in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, behind the Springfield Falcons, Manchester Monarchs, Norfolk Admirals and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. All four teams ahead of Syracuse are 2-0.
The Rampage find themselves in ninth place in the Western Conference, with two points. The Abbotsfield Heat, Chicago Wolves, Texas Stars and Lake Erie Monsters all have four points and lead the conference, while the Charlotte Checkers are in fifth place with three points. The Milwaukee Admirals, Hamilton Bulldogs, Oklahoma City Barons, Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans all have two points.
A complete view of the AHL standings can be found at the AHL's website.