Thursday, March 29, 2007

AHL Report

Most of our 'Cats have yet to get the chance to tear up the NHL but they're doing a fine job in the AHL.

Darren Haydar continues to run away with the AHL scoring race adding his 38th goal and 72nd assist last night to bring his point total to an astounding 110 points in just 66 games. He has been boosted recently by the return of fellow Wildcat, Jason Krog, to the Chicago Wolves. Krog added two goals last night bringing his scoring line to 25 goals and 45 assists for 70 points in 37 games.

Eric Boguniecki has been a force for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers until becoming injured recently. Boguniecki has 54 points in 48 games with Bridgeport including 22 goals. Hopefully he will be healthy soon for his and the Tiger's sake who I believe have gone 1-5 since losing him.

Playing for Worcester we have Joshua Prudden and Garrett Stafford. Prudden fought his way back on to his club's AHL affiliate team after the franchise moved from Cleveland to Worcester. He has played in 48 games for the Sharks and is having his best AHL season yet with 6 goals and 21 assists in that span. Stafford is one of the Shark's best defensemen and the powerplay quarterback. He has 34 points in 68 games with 9 goals on the year. While he probably won't catch his rookie year mark of 46 points in 73 games he will probably put together his best year since then in this his fourth professional year.

Additionally, six other 'Cats have put in at least a game in the AHL - Brian Yandle played a game for Worcester before moving down to the ECHL where I believe he got injured which has kept him sidelined for much of the year; Sean Collins played in 7 AHL games this year but has yet to find a permanent spot - he has 3 assists in those games split between two squads; Daniel Winnik has played in 58 games and has 19 points with the San Antonio Rampage - he appears to have struggled at times and has been sent down to the ECHL from time to time; and Jacob Micflikier will most definitely see more action with the Springfield Falcons after putting on an excellent display in his pro debut last night. Two 'Cat goalies have also suited up for a few AHL teams this year with Ty Conklin and Jeff Pietrasiak moving in and out of the league in opposite directions - Ty has gone between the NHL and AHL and Jeff has moved between the ECHL and the AHL. Look forward to Chris Murray and Brett Hemingway to also be putting in time with AHL squads before the year is out.

Joshua Prudden, Garrett Stafford and the Worcester Sharks will visit Daniel Winnik and the San Antonio Rampage tonight in San Antonio, Texas at the AT&T Center. The game is at 8:00pmEDT.

*Stafford assisted twice, once with Prudden in a 3-2 Shark's victory. Stafford received the second star with his second assist coming on the powerplay in overtime.*

Go 'Cats!


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