More late than usual with the AHL update this week, but I suppose that’s to be expected as we’re right in the middle of the holidays and the World Junior Championship is getting most of my attention. Anyway, I’ll make this one short and sweet.
- David van der Gulik of the Lake Erie Monsters was named Player of the Week after recording 3 goals and 4 assists to go along with a +5 rating in only 3 games. Nice little hot streak for the AHL veteran. This bumped his total up to 19 points in 29 games on the season. More importantly he helped the Monsters win all 3 games last week, moving them back above .500.
- The Binghamton Senators ended the week with the best record in the AHL (pecentage wise) and their offense appears to be improving as they scored 3 or more goals in all but one game during the month of December. Jakob Silfverberg continues to lead the team in points while a pair of defensemen, Andre Benoit and Patrick Wiercioch, round out the club’s top three scorers.
- The Toronto Marlies have moved into first place in the North Division after winning 8 of their past 10 games. Nazem Kadri has been great in the month of December, recording 10 points in 7 games. He now has 25 points in 25 games this year.
- Sticking with the North Division, the Abbotsford Heat fell out of first place partly because of the Marlies surge, but also in part to their recent struggles, as they’ve lost 3 in a row and have only 2 wins during the month of December to date. The offense has been dreadful during the month, having been shutout 3 times and only managing one game of 3 or more goals. Sven Baertschi can’t return to the lineup soon enough (he hasn’t played this month).
- The Grand Rapids Griffins won 3 in a row last week to move back into first place in the Midwest Division. They’ve had excellent goaltending from both Tom McCollum and Petr Mrazek during the month, with McCollum having the stronger single game performances and Mrazek showing greater consistency.
- After a bit of a rough patch, the Charlotte Checkers are back to their winning ways, having picked up points in each of the last 6 games, winning 5 of them. Justin Peters looks to have reclaimed the starting gig, as he’s been in goal for 5 of those games (including the shootout loss where he replaced Ellis) and only allowed 3 goals in total.
- Cam Atkinson’s 9 game point streak ended last week after being held pointless against Hershey in a defensive battle that saw the Springfield Falcons come out on top with the 1-0 win. His 14 points during the streak helped to move him into a tie for 4th in scoring in the AHL.