All-Star Weekend sees several former Worcester AHLers at the top of their pro leagues

As both the NHL and AHL hit their All-Star breaks it’s time to take another look at how some former Worcester AHL players are doing among their respective pro leagues.

For the North American pro leagues any player in their league’s top-20 or leading their NHL or AHL team that gets listed, and for the European leagues it’s just those in the top-five 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 games played on January 28th.

In the NHL it continues to be Joe Pavelski leading the former Worcester AHLers, with his 42 points placing him just inside the top-20 and his five game winners tying him for both seventh in the NHL and the team lead for San Jose. His 15 power play points also leads his team.

The only other former Worcester AHLer skater with an NHL top-20 to his credit is Logan Couture, whose seven power play goals leads the Sharks and ties him for 17th in the league.

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss is the only former Worcester AHLer in the top-20 in NHL goalie stats with his 14 wins tying him for 20th, his .938 save percentage good enough for fifth, and a 2.25 goals against average tying him for eighth.

For NHL team leaders we have Florida’s Jason Demers tied for the Panthers team lead in shorthanded points with two, Micheal Haley leading San Jose with 58 penalty minutes, and Carter Hutton leading the St. Louis Blues with a 2.81 goals against average.

In the AHL we’ve got three sets of current teammates scattered within the league’s statistical top-20 for skaters, with Bridgeport’s Steve Bernier and Bracken Kearns both tied for 13th in the AHL with 16 goals. Bernier adds on a Sound Tigers leading +13 rating, good enough for a tie for 18th in the AHL, and nine power play goals to place second in the league.

Kearns also hits the AHL top-20 with 35 points (tied for 17th) and six power play goals (tied for 19th).

Over in Syracuse it’s Matt Taormina and Yanni Gourde making the listings. Taormina is tied for eighth in the AHL in assists (25), tied for tenth in points (37), tied for 16th in power play assists (12), and tied for 19th in power play goals (6).

Gourde is tied for the AHL lead with three shorthanded goals and five game winners. His 15 goals is also good enough to lead the Crunch. To round out the teammates, John McCarthy and Barclay Goodrow of the San Jose Barracuda are both tied for sixth in the AHL with two shorthanded goals each.

Bobby Farnham is the only other former Worcester skater with an AHL top-20 to his credit, with his 87 penalty minutes for the St John’s IceCaps placing him fifth in the league.

Two former WorSharks goaltenders find themselves in the AHL top-20, with San Jose’s Troy Grosenick leading the league with a .929 save percentage and six shutouts. His 2.10 goals against is good enough for second, and his 12 wins tie him for eleventh.

Iowa’s Alex Stalock‘s 14 wins ties him for seventh in the AHL, two shutouts tie him for eighth, and his 2.56 goals against and .916 save percentage both tie him for 13th.

For team leaders it’s just Sena Acolatse, who leads the Springfield Thunderbirds with 71 penalty minutes.

In the ECHL it’s many former Worcester AHLers making the statistical top-20 for the league. Alaska’s Peter Sivak hits the list in seven different categories, beginning with leading the ECHL with 32 goals. His four shorthanded assists and seven game winners tie for best.

He also adds a second place ranking in points (59), a tied for second at +24, seven power play goals which tie him for sixth, and 17 assists that tie him for 19th.

Defending ECHL regular season and playoff MVP Chad Costello of the Allen Americans makes the list six times, leading the league in assists (53), points (76), and power play assists (23). His 23 goals ties him for fourth, five game winning goals tying him for fifth, and his five power play goals ties him for 18th.

Greger Hanson, also from Allen, has four top-20s to his credit with his 22 goals placing him seventh, eight power play goals tying him for second, 47 points tying him for ninth, and four game winners tying him for tenth.

Wichita’s Vincent Arseneau has three appearances in the top-20, with his four shorthanded goals leading the ECHL. His four game winners ties him for tenth, and his 88 penalty minutes ranks him in 18th place.

Brock Higgs of Atlanta and the Amerks Spencer Asuchak both make the list twice, with Higgs’ 34 assists tying him for fourth and 46 points tying him for eleventh. Asuchak leads the league with nine power play goals, and his 42 points is good enough to tie for 19th.

Two former Worcester AHLers currently playing in Manchester make the list once each, with Daniel Ciampini‘s +16 tying him for 19th and Daniel Doremus‘ 17 assists also good enough for a tie at 19th.

The list of ECHL skaters closes out with Florida’s Curt Gogol tied for twelfth at 102 penalty minutes, and Aces forward Garet Hunt 146 penalty minutes earning him the fourth spot.

For goaltenders, once again Riley Gill makes his presence felt with an ECHL leading 2.12 goals against, .938 save percentage, and five shutouts. His 15 wins tie him for seventh. Adirondack’s J.P. Anderson makes our posting for the first time with his twelfth ranked 2.70 goals against average and 13th rated .908 save percentage.

As we look over toward Europe now we see many familiar names playing overseas. We’ll start with the EBEL, where Dan DaSilva is tied for the league lead in goals (29), tied for second in assists (33), and in second place with 62 points. Brodie Reid‘s 24 goals ties him for fourth in the EBEL.

Playing in the France league, Scott Fleming continues to help set the pace with his 20 goals and 27 assists both tying him for third. His 47 points earns him third by himself.

Over in the DEL it’s two former Worcester AHLers leading the league in goals and assists, with Jack Combs 21 goals setting the pace while Mike Connolly‘s 31 assists takes the top spot. Connolly’s 39 points ties him for fifth in the DEL.

Rounding out the list of former WorSharks skaters is Nick Shaus‘ 24 assists ranking him second in the Czech league, Mathew Sisca‘s 26 assists placing him fifth in the EIHL, and Brian Lerg‘s 13 goals tying him for fifth in the SHL.

Only two former IceCats skaters make this listing with once again Ladislav Nagy leading the Slovakia league with 25 goals and 51 points. His 26 assists ties him for fifth. Dan Corso ranks third in the Belarus league with 31 assists and 45 points.

For goaltenders in Europe, Jeff Jakaitis once again looks like a stone wall in Norway with his .925 save percentage ranking him second, and his 1.89 goals against average leads the league.

And last, but not least, in Slovakia former IceCats netminder Jason Bacashihua leads the league with a .929 save percentage and is tied for second with a 2.10 goals against average.


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