Even though the Americans are playing in Utah tonight (Friday) rather than doing a game preview by pointing out all of the team's recent struggles I thought today would be a good time to cover a few topics I have been thinking about lately. One being the team stats leaders and how they compare to the ECHL stat leaders. Second, after seeing Darryl Bootland and Casey Pierro-Zabotel wearing leadership letters (A's) for Colorado Wednesday night it struck me that there have been a lot of players that played on championship teams in Allen that have gone on to be leaders on other teams. You will be surprised at the length of that list. Finally, a check on how some of the players from the past are doing in Europe. If you are interested in the game preview check out the press release from Tommy Daniels, "Road Trip Continues Tonight In Utah" at this link: https://allenamericans.com/road-trip-continues-tonight-in-utah/
TEAM STATS LEADERS
- Despite their disappointing record the Americans are averaging almost the exact same number of goals per game this season as last (3.08 vs 3.09). Below are the team leaders in various statistical categories after 11 games with the league rank in parentheses:
13 - Chad Costello (9th)
11 - Greger Hanson (17th)
10 - Spencer Asuchak (29th)
6 - Greger Hanson (8th)
4 - Spencer Asuchak (30th)
4 - Matt Willows (30th)
11 - Chad Costello (4th)
6 - Spencer Asuchak (33rd)
6 - Eric Roy (33rd)
6 - Joel Chouinard(33rd)
+9 - Joel Chouinard (3rd)
+5 - J. P. LaFontaine(29th)
+4 - Eric Roy (52nd)
66 - Derek Mathers (1st)
25 - Dyson Stevenson (17th)
16 - Mike Gunn (50th)
Shots On Goal:
47 - Greger Hanson
32 - Chris Crane
31 - Chad Costello
- Jamie Murray is fourth among goalies in the ECHL in minutes played (465) and third in saves (238).
- Eric Roy is tied for fourth in the league for points by a defenseman (8) and is only one point behind the league lead. Joel Chouinard is second in plus/minus for a defenseman at +9 which is outstanding for a team that is 4-7.
ALLEN HAS PRODUCED MANY LEADERS
One of the things you always hear around successful teams is there are a lot of leaders in the locker room. Check out this list of players who were on one or more of Allen's championship teams that went on to be captains (C) or alternate captains (A) on other teams:
Darryl Bootland - Colorado Eagles (A)
Jamie Schaafsma - Fort Wayne Komets (C)
Ian Schultz - Edinburgh Capitals (A)
Trevor Ludwig - Missouri Mavericks (C), Orlando Solar Bears (A)
Daniel Tetrault - Rapid City Rush (C)
Jarret Lukin - Evansville IceMen (C)
Trevor Hendrikx - Cardiff Devils (A)
Drew Daniels - Fort Wayne Komets (A)
Bryce Aneloski - Orlando Solar Bears (A)
Adam Pineault - Utah Grizzlies (A)
Garrett Klotz - Indy Fuel (A)
Casey Pierro-Zabotel - Colorado Eagles (A)
Jack Combs - Greenville Swamp Rabbits (A)
FORMER PLAYERS IN EUROPE
Here is an update on players from last season's Kelly Cup team who are playing in Europe this season along with a few favorites from the past. Stats courtesy of eliteprospects.com.
David Makowski - David is playing for a team in Hungary (Szekesfehervar) and has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 13 games. He is the top scoring defenseman on his team but also has the team's worst plus/minus (-12). His team is currently in 11th place in a 12 team league.
Jordan Rowley - Jordan is playing in Sweden (HC Vita Hasten) and has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 16 games. He is the top scoring defenseman on his team and is third in scoring overall. His team is tied for last place in a 14 team league.
Thomas Carr - Carr is playing in France (Gap) and has 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 17 games. His team is in fourth place in a 12 team league.
Alex Lavoie - Alex is playing in Sweden (BIK Karlskoga) and has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in 18 games. He is third on the team in scoring. His team is in first place in the 14 team league.
Jack Combs - Jack is playing in Germany (Fischtown Pinguins) and has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 15 games. He leads the team in scoring. His team is in 11th place in a 14 team league.
Ian Schultz - Ian is playing in Scotland (Edinburgh Capitals) and has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in nine games. His team is in seventh place in a 10 team league.
YOU KNOW: The oldest team in the ECHL is the Alaska Aces with an average age
of 26.17 years. The youngest team is the Missouri Mavericks with an average age
of 23.65 years. The Allen Americans rank #12 in the ECHL with an average age
of 25.04 years.