With the three major pro leagues in North America reaching their playoffs it’s time to take a final look at how some former Worcester AHL players did among their respective pro leagues for the 2016-2017 season.
For the NHL, AHL, and ECHL any player in the league’s top-20 gets listed, along with players who lead their NHL teams. 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 stats are as of the end of each league’s regular season.
In the NHL it’s all San Jose Sharks in the top-20 for skaters, with Joe Pavelski‘s seven game winning goals tying him for tenth in the league. His 29 goals ties him for the lead on the Sharks. Logan Couture makes the list as his 11 power play goals ties him for twelfth.
Rounding out the skaters are Melker Karlsson with two shorthanded goals tying him for 14th, and Micheal Haley‘s 128 penalty minutes earning him a 4th place spot.
For goaltenders Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders ties for 15th with 26 wins, and his three shutouts ties him for 16th. St Louis Blues netminder Carter Hutton tied for twelfth with a 2.39 goals against average, and his four shutouts tied him for tenth.
Taylor Fedun becomes the first player to make this listing in two different leagues as his +3 led the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL, and his two overtime goals for the Rochester Americans tied for third in the AHL.
Continuing with the AHL, San Jose Barracuda defenseman Joakim Ryan gets three mentions, with his 39 assists tying him for 14th, his 18 power play assists tying him for 17th, and a +27 rating tying him for fourth. His teammate Barclay Goodrow also hits the list three times, with 25 goals tying him for 14th, his 5 game winners tying for 15th, and tying for the league lead with four shorthanded goals.
Syracuse Crunch defender Matt Taormina gets three mentions of his own as his 45 assists tied him for fifth, 24 power play assists tied him for fourth, and 60 points tied him for eighth. Crunch teammate Yanni Gourde hits the list twice, with his six game winners tying him for fourth and his four shorthanded goals tying for the league lead. Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Bracken Kearns also had four game winning goals (tied 4th)
It’s not a shock to WorSharks fans that a couple former members make the listing for penalty minutes. Springfield Thunderbirds defenseman Sena Acolatse, who led the AHL in penalty minutes for a short while, finished tied for fourth at 147. St John’s forward Bobby Farnham held the sixth place spot with 137 minutes.
For goaltenders it’s Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick hitting the list four times as he led the AHL in shutouts with ten, was second in wins with 30, tied for second in save percentage at .926, and finished third in goals against average at 2.04.
Also making the list four times is Iowa Wild goaltender Alex Stalock, whose 23 wins put him in eleventh place, his .926 save percentage tied him for second, 4 shutouts tied him for seventh, and a 2.29 goals against average tied him for ninth.
In the ECHL it’s Chad Costello showing why he’s a three-time league MVP as the Allen Americans forward makes the list eight times. Costello led the league in power play assists (40), assists (89), and points (122). His 33 goals tied him for eighth, his nine power play goals tied him for eleventh, and his +24 rating tied him for 19th. His six game winners (tied for ninth) and two overtime goals (tied for fourth) round out his season.
Two more Allen forwards make the list, with Gregor Hanson‘s 35 goals tying him for fourth in the league, his 14 power play goals tying him for second, and his 76 points tying him for 11th. Spencer Asuchak gets a mention for his 13 power play goals, good enough for fourth.
The Alaska Aces, playing in their final ECHL season, have two former Worcester AHLers on the list, with Peter Sivak‘s 35 goals tying him for fourth, his three shorthanded goals tying him for second, and his seven game winners tying him for fifth. The other Aces player to make the listing is Garet Hunt who finished second in the league in penalty minutes with 243.
Joining Hunt on the penalty minute leader list were Florida’s Curt Gogol with 167 (15th) and Utah’s Michael Pelech with 143 (20th).
Rounding out the ECHL skaters is Wichita’s Vincent Arseneau, who tied for the league lead with four shorthanded goals. Kalamazoo forward Lane Scheidl also made the shorthanded goal list, notching three to tie for fifth. Finally, Toledo’s Dane Walters +28 rating was good enough for 12th.
For ECHL goaltenders it’s Allen’s Riley Gill out in front as he led the league with a .935 save percentage and tied for the league lead in shutouts (7). His 32 wins and 2.22 goals against average were both good enough for second.
Adirondack’s J.P. Anderson also makes the listing in those categories, with his .918 save percentage tying him for fourth, his 2.47 goals against average placing him fourth, his two shutouts tying him for eleventh, and his 19 wins tying him for 14th.
For the former Worcester AHLers overseas, Dan DaSilva starts the listing off with three mentions as his 31 goals and 39 assists were both good enough for third in the EBEL, and his 70 points placed him second. In France it was Scott Flemming with three entries of his own with his 26 goals and 58 points ranking him second. His 32 assists were good enough for fourth.
In the DEL Jack Combs led the league in goals with 27 goals, and Mike Connelly was the league leader with 39 assists. Connelly’s 48 points tied him for fourth.
Nick Schaus‘ 29 assists was good enough for third in the Czech league, and Bryan Lerg had 20 goals to place fourth in the SHL to round out the former WorSharks skaters.
Two former Worcester IceCats skaters make the listing with Ladislav Nagy continuing to rule over the Slovakia league with his 29 goals and 61 points leading the league. His 32 assists earned him a third place spot. Over in Belarus Dan Corso‘s 49 points was second in that league, and his 33 assists was fourth.
For goaltenders, former IceCats netminder Jason Bacashihua led the Slovakia league with a 2.05 goals against average, and his .929 save percentage was good enough for second. Over in Norway Jeff Jakaitis finished third in goals against average (1.98) and fourth in save percentage (.920).