As we head into December it’s once again time take a look at how some former Worcester pro players are doing in their respective pro leagues. This season we get the added bonus of including Worcester Railers to the list. It also means I probably need a new logo for these posts. Maybe I’ll work on that later.
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 November 30th.
In the NHL there are three San Jose Sharks making the posting, with Logan Couture hitting the list twice as his 13 goals tie him for seventh and his 21 points lead the Sharks. Goaltender Aaron Dell also gets two mentions, with his 2.06 goals against being third best in the NHL and his .924 save percentage good enough to tie for tenth.
As usual, Joe Pavelski shows up in the post, but this time for a reason that’s unexpected: he leads San Jose with 25 penalty minutes. Florida’s Micheal Haley makes the list for the exact reason you’d think as his 61 penalty minutes is enough for fourth in the league.
The final two former Worcester players making the NHL list are Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde tying for 20th at +9, and netminder Thomas Greiss leading the New York Islanders with 8 wins.
For the former Worcester pros playing in the AHL, three earn two mentions each. Utica’s Nikolay Goldobin‘s 12 assists tie him for 18th, and his 19 points tie him for 14th. Defenseman Matt Taormina, who plays for the Laval Rocket, is tied for the AHL lead with 18 assists, and his 20 points tie him for eleventh. Goaltender Harri Sateri has five wins (tied for 18th) and a 2.86 goals against (15th).
Binghamton’s Bracken Kearns‘ 13 assists ties him for twelfth, and Providence’s Sena Acolatse rounds out the list with his AHL leading 65 penalty minutes.
In the ECHL three current Worcester Railers make the posting, all of them for top-20 marks in penalty minutes. Yanick Turcotte is fifth in the ECHL (78 minutes), Mike Cornell is tied for twelfth (55 minutes), and Woody Hudson is tied for 16th (51 minutes).
Four more former Worcester pros also make the ECHL’s top-20 penalty minutes list, with Greenville’s Curt Gogol ranking 4th (79 minutes), Allen’s Vincent Arseneau tying for ninth (56 minutes), Reading’s Adam Comrie tying for 16th (51 minutes), and Jacksonville’s Garet Hunt tying for 19th (48 minutes).
A former Railers player now in Quad City, defenseman Willie Raskob, is tied for fifteenth in the ECHL with 12 assists. Former WorSharks PTO’er Michael Pelech, now with Utah, also has 12 assists.
Heading overseas Riley Brace leads the AlpsHL with 16 goals, 26 assists, and 42 points. Michael Swift also runs the table in the AsiaLeague with 14 goals, 27 assists, and 41 points.
In Germany, James Sheppard‘s 16 assists is fifth best in the DEL, and Tyler Gron‘s 14 goals ties him for third in the DEL2. In Austria Dan DaSilva ties for fourth in the EBEL with 18 assists and 27 points.
And finally, two former IceCats make the list with Brendan Brooks‘ 15 goals tying him for the best in the EIHL, and Ladislav Nagy is tied for fourth in Slovakia with 13 goals.