Several current and former Worcester players at the top of their pro leagues

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As we hit Thanksgiving in the United States it’s time to take our first look at how some current and former Worcester pro players are doing in the 2018-2019 season.

For the North American pro leagues any player in their league’s top-20 or leading their NHL team 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 November 22, 2018.

In the NHL there’s only one former Worcester skater leading the league in any statistical category, with Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde leading the NHL in game winning goals with five. Gourde also hits the list a second time with four power play goals, tying him for 13th in the league. San Jose’s Joe Pavelski also has four power play tallies, and his 13 overall goals ties him for eighth.

The only other former Worcester skater with a league-wide top-20 to his credit is Ottawa’s Dylan DeMelo, whose +10 rating ties him for 17th. For NHL team leaders, it’s just Vancouver’s Nikolay Goldobin leading the Canucks with 11 assists.

Four former Worcester pro goaltenders make the cut, with Buffalo’s Carter Hutton tied for second best in the NHL with ten wins. His 2.57 goals against average ties him for 17th, and his .917 save percentage just makes the list in 20th. New York Islanders netminder Thomas Greiss hits the list two times with his .925 save percentage tying him for eighth and his 2.49 goals against placing him 15th.

Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell also gets two mentions with his 2.47 goals against placing him 13th and his .920 save percentage ranking 17th. Minnesota’s Alex Stalock has one top-20 so far this season, with his 2.54 goals against earning him 16th place.

Only one former Worcester skater has any top-20 placings in the AHL, with Bridgeport’s Steve Bernier tying for eighth with two game winners, tying for ninth with four power play goals, and sitting in tenth at 37 penalty minutes.

For the goalies Milwaukee’s Troy Grosenick is tied for fourth in the AHL at six wins, his .915 save percentage ties him for eighth, and his 2.57 goals against puts him in eleventh place. Harri Sateri of Grand Rapids hits the list once, with his five wins tying him for twelfth.

In the ECHL two current Worcester Railers make the list, with goaltender Evan Buitenhuis leading the league in save percentage at .936. His 2.13 goals against average ranks him fifth, and his four wins ties him for 17th. Mitch Gillam makes the listing with his .911 save percentage tying him for 18th.

For the former Worcester skaters in the ECHL, Greenville’s Michael Pelech gets two mentions with his 11 assists tying him for 13th and his 17 points tying him for 15th. Kansas City’s Willie Raskob also has 11 assists, and Jacksonville’s Garet Hunt ranks third in the ECHL with 77 penalty minutes.

Overseas there’s just two former Worcester pros making the cut, with Jon Matsumoto leading the DEL with 17 assists and 27 points. His ten goals tie him for third in the league.

And the only former Worcester IceCats player to make the post is, of course, Ladislav Nagy with ranks second in Slovakia with 17 goals and 34 points. His 15 assists ties him for fifth.

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