The Whale will maintain most of it’s core leadership this year. The leadership of an AHL team is very important. One reason is for the development of players. Another reason is to keep the team cohesive and acting as one unit throughout the season. Rosters in the AHL change like tabloid headlines. Players move in and out of the roster much more frequently than in the NHL making leadership within the AHL roster more important in some cases. Every AHL team needs a solid core of players with experience and leadership skills, you will always find veterans on any AHL team. Last year the team had other leaders like Brendan Bell and Jordan Owens. Guys who know the ropes in the league and have had experiences with more than one team. Going into this year there are three leaders that come to mind in Hartford. Two on ice and one off the ice.