Several former Worcester AHLers at the top of their pro leagues as NHL trade deadline passes

As the NHL moves past its trade deadline 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 March 4.

For skaters in the NHL it’s three current San Jose Sharks making the list, with Joe Pavelski‘s five game winners tying him for 18th in the league and his 19 power play points ties for the Sharks team lead. Micheal Haley‘s 76 penalty minutes earns him an 18th place rank, and Logan Couture‘s eight power play goals ties him for 20th in the NHL.

Two former WorSharks goaltenders make the listing, with Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders getting four mentions. His 21 wins ties him for 17th, a .918 save percentage ties him for 14th, his 2.48 goals against average is good enough for 16th, and his three shutouts ties him for twelfth.

St. Louis Blues backup netminder Carter Hutton has two top-20s to his credit, with his 2.44 goals against average earning him the 15th spot and his four shutouts tying him for eighth.

In the AHL it’s Bridgeport’s Bracken Kearns leading the way with four top-20s. His five game winners tie him for third, his 19 goals tie him for 18th, his seven power play goals tie him for 19th, and his +15 rating ties him for 20th. His Sound Tigers teammate Steve Bernier hits the list with nine power play goals, tying him for seventh in the AHL.

WorSharks fan favorite Yanni Gourde also hits the list four times as the Crunch forward leads the AHL with four shorthanded goals and is tied for the league lead with six game winners. His 22 goals ties him for fifth in the league, and his 46 points ties him for eleventh.

Gourde’s Syracuse teammate Matt Taormina gets four mentions himself as his 17 power play points and 33 assists both tie for eighth in the league, while his 46 points ties him for eleventh and his seven power play goals ties him for 19th.

Three current San Jose Barracuda make the listing, with Joakim Ryan‘s four game winners tying him for 14th and his +26 rating ranking him third in the AHL, Barclay Goodrow‘s two shorthanded goals ties him for ninth and his four game winners ties him for 14th, and John McCarthy two shorthanded goals ties him for ninth.

Nikolay Goldobin, formerly with the Barracuda and now in the Vancouver organization, also has four game winners for an entry tied for 14th place.

Three more former WorSharks skaters hit the AHL listing a single time, with Springfield’s Sena Acolatse tied for thirteenth with 102 penalty minutes, St John’s forward Bobby Farnham‘s 120 penalty minutes placing him in fourth, and Rochester defenseman Taylor Fedun tied for second with two overtime goals.

For goaltenders it’s two players placing five times each, with Iowa’s Alex Stalock 37 games earning him a fifth place spot, his 17 wins tying him for eighth, a 2.43 goals against and .920 save percentage both good enough for thirteenth, and 3 shutouts tying him for fifth.

Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick‘s seven shutouts leads the AHL, his 35 games ties him for seventh, 21 wins ties him for fourth, and his 2.00 goals against and .932 save percentage both rank second in the league.

In the ECHL it might be easier to list the stats Chad Costello doesn’t rank in as the reigning MVP from Allen hits the list a whopping seven times. His 31 power play assists, his 73 total assists, and 104 points all lead the league. He also has two overtime goals which ties him for fourth, six game winning goals and 31 total goals tying him for fifth, and nine power play goals tying him for seventh.

His teammate on the Americans Greger Hanson adds four more to the list with his 30 goals and 65 points both tying him for seventh, his five game winning goals tying him for ninth, and his 12 power play goals tying him for second.

Allen gets a third entry as Spencer Asuchak adds two entries of his own as he also has 12 power play goals (tied for second) and his 59 points ties him for 14th.

As if that wasn’t enough for the Americans, goaltender Riley Gill leads the ECHL in goals against average (2.09), save percentage (.938) and shutouts (6). His 23 wins gets him fourth in the league.

Another frequent ECHL mention in these posts is Alaska’s Peter Sivak, who hits the list five times. His 32 goals ties him for second, his seven game winners places him fourth, his +23 rating ties him for twelfth, and his seven power play goals and 59 points both tie him for 14th.

Two former WorSharks rank in the ECHL’s top-20 for shorthanded goals with Wichita’s Vincent Arseneau tying for the league lead with four, and Reading’s Todd Perry makes his debut on the listing with two shorties of his own, good enough to tie for 16th.

Rounding out the ECHL skaters are two players that like to mix it up, with Alaska’s Garet Hunt‘s 219 penalty minutes ranking him second in the league and Curt Gogol‘s 123 penalty minutes earning him the 20th spot.

For the former Worcester AHLers over in Europe Dan DaSilva is still strutting his stuff in the EBEL as his 31 goals and 39 assists both rank him third, and his 70 points earns him second place in the league.

Scott Fleming is still chugging away in France where his 26 goals and 58 points are both second in the league. His 32 assists ranks him fourth.

In the DEL two former WorSharks are league leaders with Jack Combs pacing the DEL with 27 goals and Mike Connolly leading the league with 39 assists. Connelly also ties for fourth with 48 points.

Nick Schaus‘ third ranked 29 assists in the Czech league, Bryan Lerg‘s 19 goals tying him for third in the SHL, and Jeff Jakaitis‘ .920 save percentage (fourth) and 1.98 goals against (third) in Norway round out the former WorSharks.

Just three former Worcester IceCats make the posting. Dan Corso‘s 49 points (second) and 33 assists (tied for fourth) in Belarus earn him a spot, while in Slovakia Ladislav Nagy leads the league in goals (29) and is second in points (61).

Goaltender Jason Bacashihua, also in Slovakia, is the final entry this time as he leads the league in goals against average (2.04) and is second in save percentage (.930).


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