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AHL Update – Month of November

St. John's IceCaps

St. John’s IceCaps – 11-5-3-2, 27 points (5th in the Conference and 3rd in their division)

Overall

Bud Holloway – 19 GP, 6 goals & 17 assists (4th in scoring in the AHL)
Charles Hudon – 21 GP, 10 goals & 10 assists (7th in scoring)
Michael McCarron – 21 GP, 9 goals, 11 assists & 35 PIM (8th in scoring & 3rd among rookies)
Daniel Carr – 21 GP, 8 goals & 9 assists (20th in scoring)
Mark Barberio – 19 GP, 1 goal & 16 assists (5th in scoring for defensemen)
Sven Andrighetto – 17 GP, 6 goals & 9 assists
Christian Thomas –18 GP, 7 goals & 7 assists
Morgan Ellis – 21 GP, 6 goals, 8 assists & 29 PIM (8th in scoring for defensemen)
Gabriel Dumont – 21 GP, 4 goals & 8 assists
Darren Dietz – 18 GP, 3 goals & 3 assists
Joel Hanley – 17 GP, 1 goal & 3 assists
Brett Lernout – 20 GP, 1 goal & 3 assists
Stefan Fournier – 9 GP, 3 goals
Jeremy Gregoire – 21 GP, 2 goals & 1 assist
Mac Bennett – 18 GP, 1 goal & 2 assists
Mark MacMillan – 7 GP, 1 goal & 2 assists
Nikita Scherbak – 9 GP, 1 goal & 2 assists
Angelo Miceli – 9 GP, 1 goal & 1 assist
Markus Eisenschmid – 12 GP, 2 assists
Jacob de la Rose – 13 GP, 2 assists
Jarred Tinordi – 3 GP, 1 assist
Josiah Didier – 6 GP, 1 assist
Brandon McNally – 11 GP, 1 assist
Connor Crisp – 10 GP, 25 PIM

Zach Fucale – 12 GP, 7 wins, 3.12 GAA, 0.907%
Dustin Tokarski – 6 GP, 2 wins, 3.45 GAA, 0.891%
Edward Pasquale – 5 GP, 2 wins, 2.72 GAA, 0.916%

November

Michael McCarron – 10 GP, 4 goals, 9 assists & 15 PIM
Bud Holloway – 8 GP, 2 goals & 8 assists
Morgan Ellis – 10 GP, 5 goals, 5 assists & 5 PIM
Charles Hudon – 10 GP, 6 goals & 4 assists
Daniel Carr – 10 GP, 5 goals & 5 assists
Gabriel Dumont – 10 GP, 2 goals & 6 assists
Mark Barberio – 8 GP, 7 assists
Sven Andrighetto – 6 GP, 2 goals & 4 assists
Christian Thomas – 7 GP, 3 goals & 1 assist
Stefan Fournier – 9 GP, 3 goals
Mark MacMillan – 7 GP, 1 goal & 2 assists
Brett Lernout – 10 GP, 1 goal & 1 assist
Jeremy Gregoire – 10 GP, 1 goal & 1 assist
Darren Dietz – 7 GP, 1 goal
Jarred Tinordi – 3 GP, 1 assist
Markus Eisenschmid – 4 GP, 1 assist
Angelo Miceli – 6 GP, 1 assist
Josiah Didier – 6 GP, 1 assist
Mac Bennett – 8 GP, 1 assist
Nikita Scherbak – 1 GP, 0 points
Jacob de la Rose – 3 GP, 0 points
Joel Hanley – 7 GP, 0 points

Zach Fucale – 7 GP, 3 wins
Edward Pasquale – 5 GP, 2 wins, 2.72 GAA, 0.916%

TEAM MVP: Charles Hudon

The Alma-native is definitely showing hockey experts that there’s another gear hiding under that five-foot–ten frame of his. The 21-year-old has simply been sensational in the last couple of weeks and even earned himself a player of the week nod in the AHL last week. Hudon showed this week that he can carry the team’s offense on his shoulders and that he can produce without Bud Holloway. It’s just a matter of time until we see this kid with the Habs.

BIGGEST COMEBACK STORY: Morgan Ellis

I was a huge fan of Ellis during his QMJHL career and I thought he looked like a future top four defenseman when I saw him win the 2012 Memorial Cup with the Shawinigan Cataractes. Unfortunately, every time I watched him at the AHL level during the lockout season he seemed to be a step behind the play every time and I was starting to doubt his NHL potential. Then he was sitting in the press box. Things didn’t stop there, during the 2014-15 season, he spent more time in the ECHL than the AHL, despite it being his third professional season.

It seemed like he was a player that had peaked in the CHL and whose progression had hit a wall. The 23-year-old made the most of that opportunity and rejuvenated his career with 26 points in just 39 GP. He then earned a call-up with the Bulldogs and finished the season with the team. The Prince Edward Island native is currently enjoying the best stretch of his hockey career and if he continues putting up points and winning battles along the boards (which was his bread and butter with the Screaming Eagles and Cataractes), he might actually have an NHL future ahead of him, which seemed nearly unthinkable just a year ago.

Now who knows what type of player Ellis can become at the NHL level. Back in his younger days as a prospect, experts always compared him to a bigger Josh Gorges but I don’t know if that comparison still applies. A player like Kurtis Foster (post-injury) or Mike Kostka might be more realistic and logical. One thing is certain – the 2010 draftee is showing a ton of character with his recent resurgence.

MOST DISAPPOINTING: Jacob de la Rose

For a player who looked like a surefire NHLer last season with the Habs, de la Rose hasn’t been too hot so far with the IceCaps. The Swedish forward amazed many fans last year with his poise and his defensive awareness but his offensive tools have always been questionable. If he’s struggling to even put up some numbers in the AHL, his NHL future could definitely go up in flames.

Considering he’s only 20 years old, JDLR obviously has time on his side, but if he doesn’t make any sort of progress in the next two seasons, I doubt he’ll ever crack the Habs roster considering the recent movement of teams in the NHL favoring players who can contribute 15-25 points (like Paul Byron and Brian Flynn) rather than defensive players like Travis Moen (which is what I expect as de la Rose’s NHL potential).

GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: Sylvain Lefebvre

I am the furthest thing from a Lefebvre fan but I have to give credit to the man. Last weekend, the IceCaps were able to get 5 points out of 6 despite a roster that was missing Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway (for two games), Darren Dietz, Mark Barberio (two games) and Christian Thomas although they replaced him with ECHLers. The issues that were there in the past are now gone (PP is clicking and the team is scoring goals) so if the IceCaps make the playoffs (and they should with that roster), I might have to get off the #FireLefebvre bandwagon.