Welcome to another update on the week that was in the AHL. This week I’ll also be looking at the Player of the Month selections in addition to the usual Player of the Week award and regularly scheduled spotlights.
- The Oklahoma City Barons made another splash in the Player of the Month awards. This time it was Jordan Eberle picking up the honor with 10 goals, 21 points, and a +13 rating over 13 games. Fellow Barons player and last month’s winner, Justin Schultz, picked up Rookie of the Month for what should have been the second consecutive time (for some reason they decided to give it to Mikael Granlund in October, even though Schultz was the best player in the league). Schultz continues to lead all rookies, all defensemen, and of course, the entire league in points.
- As touched on last week, Jeff Zatkoff put together an amazing month and was rewarded for it by being named Goalie of the Month. Zatkoff was 8-1-0 with a 1.21 GAA, a 95.5 Save %, and 3 shutouts in 9 appearences during the month for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- Turning now to the Player of the Week, Tim Kennedy of the Worcester Sharks was this week’s winner after scoring 5 goals in 3 games. Kennedy has had a rather bumpy ride ever since being bought out by the Buffalo Sabres back in 2010. He hasn’t been able to get back into the NHL full-time, but he’s having a career year in the AHL thus far and may get another chance with San Jose, who could use some tertiary scoring.
- The Rockford IceHogs won 3 in a row last week to leap up to the top spot in the Midwest Division. First year pro Adam Clendening led the way with 6 points last week and currently has 16 points in 19 games, not bad for a defenseman not named Schultz.
- The Charlotte Checkers were one of the victims of the IceHogs last week and are now reeling after losing 4 in a row. They’ll need to turn things around quickly to keep the Barons off their heels. They may need help in goal as both Dan Ellis and Justin Peters have been abysmal the past 2 weeks.
- Mike Sgarbossa has been quietly consistent while slowly starting to make a name for himself with the Lake Erie Monsters. He now leads all rookie forwards in points with 19. Andrew Agozzino is another rookie for the Monsters that’s doing well, having recorded 15 points. Both players were undrafted coming out of the OHL.
- The Houston Aeros have pushed their win streak to 5 games by winning 2 very close ones over the Barons last week. They’re still without Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin, but if Jason Zucker continues to shoot the puck (2 goals in the first game last week, 9 shots in the second) he’s bound to add to his rookie leading 11 goals on the season.
- The Binghamton Senators continue to roll, now riding an 8 game winning streak. They’re still not scoring much, but Jakob Silfverberg seems to be getting used to the North American game now, as he’s recorded 8 points in the last 8 games.
- Peter Holland has helped the Norfolk Admirals out of their funk, notching 4 points during their 2 wins last week. He now has 21 points on the year, good for seventh in the AHL.