As we head towards December I thought it would be fun to take a look at how some former Worcester AHL players are doing in their respective leagues. For the North American leagues any player in the league’s top-20 or leading their team gets listed, and for the European leagues it’s just those in the top-5 for the league. Goaltenders only get a mention if they meet their league’s qualifying minimums. All of the stats and rankings are as of yesterday, November 27th.
In the NHL it’s all former WorSharks players, and as one would expect the San Jose Sharks are well represented on the list. Leading the way is Joe Pavelski, whose 13 assists are good enough for a tie for 16th in the league. His 20 points places him just outside the top-10 in a tie for 12th, and his two game winning goals earns him another position tied for 16th.
Among the players joining him in the 16th place tie for game winning goals are Tommy Wingels, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Arizona’s Jamie McGinn.
Logan Couture is the only former Worcester AHLer in the top-5 in any NHL stat, with his five power play goals being good enough to tie for third. Micheal Haley rounds out the league leaders with his 32 penalty minutes, which is a tie for 13th.
Worcester has a couple of former players leading their teams in stats, with Josh Gorges leading the Buffalo Sabres with 21 penalty minutes, and goaltender Thomas Greiss leads the New York Islanders with a .915 save percentage and a 2.62 goals against.
As we head to the AHL, the San Jose presence drops off a bit as just Barclay Goodrow‘s 7 goals (tied for 15th) and Nikolay Goldobin‘s 11 assists (tied for 10th) make the league leaders for the Barracuda.
Bridgeport also has two former Worcester players in the AHL top-20, with Bracken Kearns leading the way in three categories: 10 assists (tied for 19th), 16 points (tied for 13th), and a +10 rating (tied for 7th). Steve Bernier adds seven goals and three power play goals for the Sound Tigers, both tied for 15th in the league.
Taylor Fedun, currently with the NHL Sabres, still sits in a tie for 19th with his 10 assists for Rochester. Worcester short-time ATO’er Bobby Farnham just misses out in the top-10 for penalty minutes with his 11th place 40 minutes for St John’s. Syracuse’s Yanni Gourde rounds out the top former Worcester players in the AHL with his 2 game winners, tied for 8th with lots of players.
For AHL team leaders, goaltender Alex Stalock leads the Iowa Wild in both wins (5) and goals against average (2.93), and Troy Grosenick leads the Barracuda with a 2.69 goals against and .906 save percentage.
There are a lot of former Worcester AHLers in the ECHL this season, and that league’s top-20 lists are littered with them. Among them is Atlanta’s Brock Higgs, whose 22 assists leads the ECHL. Higgs’ 26 points are good enough for second place. Peter Sivak also has a couple top-5s to his credit, with his 13 goals and five game winning goals leading the league, and his five power play goals for Alaska tying him for fifth. Sivak’s 12 assists ties him for 15th.
Allen’s Chad Costello, who has led the ECHL in scoring the last two season, is making another run at the scoring title with his 19 assists ranking him third and his 25 points tying him for third. His three game winners ties him for second in the league.
Other top-20 ECHLers who played for Worcester are the Americans’ Greger Hanson with 9 goals (tied for 12th), 20 points (tied for 13th), and three power play goals (tied for 5th). Manchester’s Daniel Ciampini‘s two game winners cracks the top-10, and along with Toledo’s Dane Walters ranks tied for 7th at +10.
Three of the top 16 in ECHL penalty minutes once played in Worcester, led by Alaska’s Garet Hunt second place total of 68. Michael Pelech from Reading just misses the top-10 with an 11th place 43 minutes Our first former Icecats player, South Carolina’s Trevor Gillies, has 39 for 16th place.
Goaltender J.P. Anderson signed with Wheeling after the beginning of the season, but his hot start ranks him first in goals against at 1.79 and his .939 save percentage ties him for second. Allen’s Riley Gill just sits outside the top-10 in save percentage (.919, 12th) and wins (6, T11)
Over in the European leagues a couple former IceCats make the list with Ladislav Nagy leading the Slovakia league with 17 goals, and his 32 points are good enough for second place. Dan Corso has a couple top-5s in Belarus as his 12 goals tie him for fifth and his 29 points puts him in fourth place in the league.
For the former WorSharks playing overseas Dan DaSilva leads the EBEL with 18 goals and ranks second in points for the league at 32. Brodie Reid cracks the top-5 in EBEL goals with 12. Over in the DEL Trevor Parkes is tied for fifth in both goals (10) and points (22), while Evan Trupp‘s 15 assists ties him for fourth. In DEL2 Rylan Schwartz has 12 goals, tying him for 4th.
A couple short time WorSharks close out the list, with forward Scott Flemming lighting up the France league with his 19 assists to lead the league. Flemming’s 29 points tie him for second. And in Norway goaltender Jeff Jakaitis sets the pace with a .930 save percentage and 1.83 goals against average.