Back again with the regular Monday update on the past week in the AHL…
- Nazem Kadri was awarded Player of the Week honours for his 8 point performance in leading the Toronto Marlies to a 3-1-0-0 record in 4 games last week. This more than doubled his point total on the season, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come and not just another hot streak for Kadri, who hasn’t been the most consistent of players during his professional career thus far.
- Barry Brust, third string goaltender for the Abbotsford Heat, recorded back-to-back 29 save shutouts this week. Adding this to his shutout from 2 weeks prior gives hims 3 in a row and a chance to break the AHL’s all-time shutout streak with his next start. The legendary Johnny Bower currently holds the record at 249 minutes, 51 seconds, which he set back in 1957.
- The Syracuse Crunch won all 3 games last week in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents 16 to 6. Brett Connolly led the way with 5 points during those games, while last year’s MVP Cory Conacher added 4 points to his team leading 17.
- Trying to keep pace with Syracuse in the East Division, the Binghamton Senators extended their win streak to 3. Both wins came on strong goaltending from both Ben Bishop (33 saves on Friday) and Robin Lehner (49 saves on Saturday).
- Nino Niederreiter continues to atone for his abysmal season with the Islanders last year, notching another 4 points last week with Bridgeport to extend his point streak to 8 games. He now leads the team with 17 points.
- The Oklahoma City Barons’ kids are still going strong. They couldn’t quite complete the amazing comeback against Toronto on Tuesday, falling 6-5 in OT, but they did finish the week with back-to-back wins over Milwaukee. Justin Schultz continues to lead the league in scoring with 21 points, while Jordan Eberle is second with 19, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is tied for third with 17.
- After losing 7 games in a row, the Peoria Rivermen recorded 3 straight wins last week, though neither win was by more than a goal. Still, any sort of improvement for the Rivermen is welcome as they were in the league’s basement before this. T.J. Hensick remains the lone bright spot on the roster with 17 points, 7 more than the next highest on the team.