Career AHLers

Being an All Star AHLer is a tremendous achievement and should be applauded.  These players are great players but probably have hit their ceiling.

Undrafted 32 yr. old Jason Jaffray and 28 yr. old Frederic St. Denis along with AHL leading Scorer, 30 yr. old Travis Morin (Washington 04/9/263) are at an age where chances will not come their way.  Similarly, undrafted 5'8" Brian Gibbons is unlikely to get much of a chance with the Pens.

Both of the Flames representatives were not drafted.  Ben Street's solid season may get him a look but at 26 time is short.  Chad Billins signed by Grand Rapids out of Ferris State has a slim chance as a 5'10" D man.

Dallas has the leading AHL scorer in Morin and the 3rd leading scorer in Colton Sceviour (Dallas 07/4/112) but he has only played 10 NHL games.

Canadian Major Junior Leading Scorer for 2010/11, Linden Vey (L.A. 09/4/96) has only played 11 games with the Kings and has yet to score a NHL goal.

The Suspects

Mike Hoffman undrafted when first eligible and then picked by the Senators a year later (09/5/130) is second in league scoring and won fastest skater at AHL ALL Star skills.

Just turned 22 6'2" Defenceman Alexey Marchenko (Detroit 11/7/205) first played in the KHL in 2009/10 & may be another late round Detroit steal.

Leaf T.J. Brennan a former Sabre (07/2/31) is with his fourth NHL organization and it may be now or never.

Defensemen Cody Goloubef (Columbus 08/2/37) drafted out of Wisconsin University still has time to adjust to the pro game.

6'4" Brayden McNabb (Buffalo 09/3/66) has played 12 games with the Sabres this year and will get a look on a young team.

The Prospects

2012-13 NHL All Rookie Team Goalie  Jake Allen (St. Louis 08/2/34) offers insurance behind Halak and Elliott or may be a trade chip.  Undrafted Goalie Martin Jones has allowed L.A. to trade Bernier & Scrivens.

First round picks Ryan Strome (NYI 11/1/5) currently 11th in scoring & Brett Connolly (TB 10/1/6) are on the cusp.  

Twenty year old  Colton Sissons (Nashville 12/2/50), 2012-13 All AHL Rookie Team member Ryan Spooner (Boston 2010/2/45) & 2012-13 AHL Leading Scorer Brandon Pirri (Chicago 09/2/59) are three second rounders playing well.

Where they were drafted.

Rnd.Players
1Connolly, Strome
2

Pirri, Sissons, Spooner

Brennan, Gouloubef, Allen

3McNabb
4Sceviour, Vey
5Hoffman
7Marhenko
9Morin
Not

Gibbons, Jaffray, Street, 

Billins, St. Denis, Jones


Prospects, Suspects & Career AHLers

Olympians such as Chara, Rask, Parise, St. Louis and Howard have played in the AHL All Star game in the past.  This year's game may produce a couple of stars but is not a prospect showcase by any stretch of the imagination.  Fans need to look closer than the fact that their favourite NHL team may be represented in the game.

In fact, two players, Jaffray and Billins were not drafted and were originally signed by minor league teams (Cleveland & Grand Rapids respectively).


RepsNHL Teams
2

Calgary, Columbus

Dallas, Los Angeles

1

Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, 

Detroit, Nashville, NYI, 

Ottawa, Pittsburgh, 

St. Louis, Tampa Bay,

Toronto, Winnipeg

0

Anaheim, Carolina, Colorado, 

Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, 

Montreal, New Jersey, NYR, 

Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, 

Vancouver, Washington


NHL Draft Analysis

AHL All Stars - Not So Fast   / Hot Stove 2014/02/08