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

As both the NHL and AHL are through their All-Star breaks it’s time to take another look at how some former Worcester players are doing among their respective pro leagues. Once again we’re using the old logo, and you can guess how much time I’ve put in on a new one.

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 29th.

In the NHL two former WorSharks are league leaders, with St. Louis Blues netminder Carter Hutton leading the NHL with a 1.74 goals against average and a .943 save percentage, and Micheal Haley of the Florida Panthers leading all players with 131 penalty minutes.

The Lightning’s Yanni Gourde makes the list twice with his +19 rating tying him for 12th and his four game winning goals tying him for 17th. San Jose’s Logan Couture also gets two mentions, with his 20 goals tying him for 20th in the NHL, and he’s also tied with teammate Chris Tierney and Black Hawks forward Tommy Wingels with two shorthanded goals, good enough for a tie for fourth in the league.

Rounding out the former Worcester pros in the NHL are goaltenders Aaron Dell of the Sharks and Alex Stalock of Minnesota. Dell ranks 16th with a 2.51 goals against average, and Stalock’s .917 save percentage ties him for 20th.

In the AHL just two players make the posting, starting with Laval’s Matt Taormina ranking second with 36 assists and tying for seventh with 40 points. Providence’s Sena Acolatse rounds out the short list with his 73 penalty minutes ranking him 15th

In the ECHL four current Worcester Railers make the cut. For skaters Kellen Jones‘ two shorthanded goals ties him for eighth and Yanick Turcotte‘s 137 penalty minutes earns him the fourth spot.

Both Railers goalies make the top-20 in goals against average, with Mitch Gillam earning the twelfth spot at 2.64, and Eamon McAdam tying for 17th at 2.79. McAdam also ranks tied for 14th in save percentage at .912.

Perennial list maker Peter Sivak, now of Rapid City, gets two mentions with his 26 assists tying him for 16th and his 42 points tying him for eleventh. Reading’s Matt Willows also gets two mentions in those same categories, tying for ninth with 28 assists and tying for thirteenth at 41 points.

Vincent Arseneau of Allen is tied for fifth with 4 game winning goals, and rounding out the skaters Jacksonville’s Garet Hunt ranks second in the ECHL with 159 penalty minutes and Greenville’s Curt Gogol‘s 94 penalty minutes ranks him 19th.

South Carolina’s Jeff Jakaitis is the only former Worcester pro to make the list three times while playing in North America, with his 12 wins tying him for thirteenth in the ECHL, his 2.28 goals against average earning him a fifth place spot, and his .911 save percentage landing him in the 16th spot.

Over in Europe Riley Brace is second in the AlpsHL with 24 goals, and he leads the league with 41 assists and 65 points. In the Asia League
Michael Swift‘s 14 goals ties him for third, and his 28 assists and 42 points lead the league.

In the DEL Jack Combs ties for third at 22 goals, and Slovakia’s Ladislav Nagy, the lone former Worcester IceCats player to make the post, sits in third place with 21 goals.


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