Minard, Taffe, and Lovejoy named AHL All-Stars
The AHL officially finished announcing the final All-Star line-ups yesterday.
Unlike the NHL, the AHL splits the teams by country (PlanetUSA and Team Canada).
League-leading sniper Chris Minard (26 goals, 15 assists, 41 points) was named as a starter for the Canadian All-Star squad.
Representing PlanetUSA from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will be center Jeff Taffe (16 goals, 25 assists, 41 points), who is tied with Minard for the team lead in points, and defenseman Ben Lovejoy (6 goals, 14 assists, 20 points, +20).
Finnish forward Janne Pesonen should have made the PlanetUSA team as well. He has accumulated 10 goals and 22 assists (32 points). He played in 31 AHL games due to a few short stints as a call-up to Pittsburgh.
Bridgeport Sound Tiger forward Trevor Smith made the All-Star team with 29 points (2 less than Pesonen), while playing in 33 games (2 more than Pesonen). Doesn’t make sense.
Another honorable mention goes to goaltender Adam Berkhoel. He was originally brought in this summer as a free agent to be placed at number 5 on the depth chart. He came into training camp and beat out Dave Brown for the back-up spot in Wilkes-Barre. To add, he’s outperformed starter John Curry so far.
Berkhoel is standing at a record of 12-6-1 with 4 shutouts. He owns a 2.41 GAA and a 0.917 save %. The three goalies that were picked for PlanetUSA actually have better statistics and records. If one of them can’t make it for some reason, I’m sure Berkhoel would make the trip.
The 2009 AHL All-Star Classic will take place on January 25-26 in Worcester, Mass. The AHL announced a deal with Canadian television network TSN, who will be broadcasting the event nationally.
The 2009 AHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Sunday, January 25 (4:00), with the 2009 AHL All-Star Game following on Monday, January 26 (7:00).