HOUSTON - For the longest time, it just seemed like no one on the Aeros was ever going to make a significant difference in the organization. I think that had a lot to do with the previous regime, but still, as an AHL fan, you want your players to be successful down here and then move up to watch them flourish in the best hockey league in the world.

The Aeros were just getting by with a few prospects here and there, but for the most part, their success was due to AAA lifers like Curtis Murphy, Patrick O'Sullivan, Kirby Law and (even though he is a tremendous human being) Jon DiSalvatore.