Bevy of Rookie Talent

The AHL just announced this year’s All-Rookie Team.

There were no Whale players on it, and if this had been a normal year, and not one blessed with a terrific rookie crop, the Whale might have had two of the five slots.

Both Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, who, as an unheralded AHL contract signee out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has been

Jon Audy-Marchessault

battling for the Whale scoring lead all season and who currently ranks third among League first-year pros in points (60), and Tim Erixon, who is the leading scorer among team defensemen with 33 points, despite having played in only 46 of the Whale’s 70 games, would have had a good shot at All-Rookie honors most years.

This year, however, the rookie class was just too good, and there really can’t be much argument about the choices of Norfolk’s Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson, and Gustav Nyquist of Grand Rapids. at forward, Bridgeport’s Matt Donovan and Cade Fairchild of Peoria on defense and Eddie Pasquale of St. John’s as the goaltender.  Erixon has more points than Fairchild in fewer games, but Fairchild’s +28 is second-best overall in the league and leads all defensemen.  Audy-Marchessault has two more points than Nyquist, but has played 14 more games.

Regardless of whether or not they got any hardware, though, Audy-Marchessault and Erixon have to be generating a lot of glee in the organization with the seasons they have put together.  Any time you can have two such young guys (both are just past their 21st birthdays) do so well in as good a league as the AHL, especially an undrafted diamond-in-the-rough like Audy-Marchessault, it’s a pretty good year player-development-wise.

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4 Responses to “Bevy of Rookie Talent”

  1. chris Says:

    hey bob. you know how when you play a best outa 7 game searieas in the playoffs you play 2 at the higher sead then 2 at the lower rotation games 5 6 and 7. well with first round olny being best outa 5 this year how will that work. 2 at higher sead then games 3-5 rotated? happy easter.

    • Crawford's Corner Says:

      Thanks, Chris, Happy Easter to you too. I believe that generally the first-round best-of-fives will be two games at the home ice of the higher seed, then two games in the lower seed’s city, followed by a decisive Game Five being back at the home of the higher seed. That could be affected, though, by the distance between the two cities and whether it makes economic sense to make two separate trips back and forth.

  2. chris Says:

    ah 2 2 and 1. ok thanks bob.

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