Another week has passed in the AHL and here are the highlights…
- Justin Schultz continues to be a dominating presence for the Oklahoma City Barons. Last week he added another 6 points in just 3 games, giving him a total of 12 on the season, which is good enough to lead the entire AHL in scoring. Even better news for the Barons is that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle are rounding into form, combining for 11 points over the last 3 games. Also look for Olivier Roy to see more action as he’s easily been better than Yann Danis in the early going.
- After opening the season with 4 straight losses, the Rockford IceHogs have turned things around with a 4 game winning streak. Carter Hutton’s strong play in goal almost singlehandedly won 2 of those games, while the other two were won on offense. Improved production from Marcus Kruger and Brandon Pirri has helped dramatically.
- Not to be outdone, the Connecticut Whale has also recovered from opening the season with 4 straight losses to notch a 3 game winning streak, thanks in large part to much improved goaltending. Cam Talbot was great in both of his first 2 starts of the season and Jason Missiaen was much better in his last start. They could still use more offense from the underachieving young guys though, such as Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller, though Kreider may be on the right track with 2 points last game.
- The Charlotte Checkers have been quietly destroying the competition thus far, outscoring their opponents nearly 2-to-1 and are currently leading the league with a 6-1-0-1 record for 13 points. They’re stocked with NHL ready talent, such as Justin Faulk, Drayson Bowman, and Zach Boychuk, while Zac Dalpe and Victor Rask are making a strong case to be included in that group as well.
- Roman Horak is out to prove that Sven Baertschi isn’t the only player worthy of a greater role in the Calgary offense once the NHL returns. The Abbotsford Heat center has 7 goals in 7 games thus far.
- Both the Manchester Monarchs and Springfield Falcons are currently leading their respective divisions due to impressive goaltending from Curtis McElhinney and Martin Jones respectively. McElhinney leads the league in GAA and Save % among goalies with 5 or more GP and is tied for the league lead in Wins with Jones (both have 5).
- The only other goalie with 5 Wins thus far is David Leggio, but he only has them due to the Rochester American’s offense. They currently lead the league in goals for, but with a goal differential of only +4 they’ll need a combination of improved defense and goaltending before they can be considered Calder Cup contenders.