All eyes had been on Drake Batherson heading into the 2019-20 season in Ottawa. It appeared like Batherson proved every thing he may within the AHL final season after incomes a spot on the AHL all-rookie workforce with 62 factors, and the Senators had been the right (dangerous) workforce to offer him a possibility.
However after simply two video games, the Senators despatched Batherson again to Belleville after an undisclosed harm in coaching camp took a little bit of a toll on his recreation. Batherson has the expertise to warrant a full-season run within the NHL, however there’s no rush to carry up a high prospect on a workforce that’s centered extra on the long-term future than chasing playoff goals this season.
As anticipated, Batherson has taken the chance in stride, sitting fifth in AHL scoring with 22 factors via 19 video games. Batherson has immediately clicked with Vitali Abramov and Josh Norris, giving Sens followers a glimpse of what might be a promising future for the membership within the subsequent few years. However Batherson has performed a reduce above the remainder, with the 21-year-old posting three- and four-point nights in November, heading into the ultimate weekend of the month with 12 factors. Consistency has been a little bit of a difficulty, however the Child Sens are a midpack workforce within the robust North Division – he can’t do every thing himself.
To proceed on with our take a look at the highest AHLers in 2019-20, listed here are 9 different gamers that made huge waves in November:
Yakov Trenin, C, 22 (Milwaukee)The Admirals had been dynamite in November, successful 11 of 12 video games to shoot to first total within the AHL standings. Trenin had factors in 9 of the 12 video games, together with a pair of three-point nights to spice up his presence within the scoring race with 21 factors in 16 video games. Trenin did a lot of the heavy lifting on his line with Colin Blackwell and Eeli Tolvanen, and with Daniel Carr up with Nashville for a couple of video games, it allowed Trenin to flourish. His 1.31 points-per-game common is simply bested by Utica’s Reid Boucher amongst forwards with a minimum of 10 video games performed this season. Might an NHL promotion quickly observe?
Chris Terry, LW, 30 (Grand Rapids)It’s by no means a shock to see Terry’s identify close to the highest of the AHL scoring race, having led the league with 71 factors two years in the past and constantly breaking the 60-point barrier. Terry hasn’t wearing an NHL recreation since a 14-game run with Montreal in 2016-17, however he appears snug in his veteran function with the Griffins as evidenced by his 25 factors within the opening 21 video games – good to tie Chicago’s Lucas Elvenes for first in scoring. Grand Rapids has some further intrigue this yr attributable to having high prospects Filip Zadina, Mortiz Seider, Michael Rasmussen and Joe Veleno within the fray, so having a top-tier AHLer within the lineup has helped them adapt to the professional recreation. Don’t be shocked if Terry cracks 70 factors once more.
Mikhail Berdin, G, 21 (Manitoba)With Eric Comrie out of the image, Berdin has given it every thing he has within the Moose internet. Named CCM/AHL Participant of the Week on the halfway level in November, Berdin has performed in 19 of Manitoba’s 21 video games after enjoying in simply 23 a yr in the past, main the league with 10 wins on an in any other case mid-pack workforce. The 21-year-old netminder has confirmed himself able to stealing video games with a few 40-plus save performances, most notably a 41-save shutout on Nov. eight in opposition to Rockford. There’s no rush to carry Berdin as much as the NHL with Connor Hellebuyck manning the web in Winnipeg, however he’ll a minimum of be capable to contend for the AHL’s high goaltender award.
Jansen Harkins, C, 22 (Manitoba)What a month it was for Harkins. It began with assists on all 5 objectives in a 5-Three win over Grand Rapids at first of November and it concluded with factors in 12 of 13 video games, racking up 21 factors in that span. A second-round choose by Winnipeg in 2015 (47th total), Harkins struggled to supply over the previous two AHL seasons however with 24 factors in 21 video games, he ought to rapidly blast previous his earlier better of 31 factors final yr. Harkins has displayed his offensive abilities this yr, however he nonetheless must refine his defensive play to warrant a shot with the Jets.
Lane Pederson, C, 22 (Tuscon)Tuscon has had no scarcity of offensive producers this season, with 10 gamers – together with defenseman Kyle Capobianco, who noticed some motion with Arizona – recording a minimum of 10 factors to this point. Pederson has been probably the most spectacular, main the workforce in objectives with 11 after main the Roadrunners in objectives (23) and factors (47) final season. The chemistry with Michael Bunting has resumed, and Brayden Burke has performed a significant function within the workforce’s scoring success to date, too. Pederson has the potential to carry some secondary scoring to the Coyotes’ lineup at some point, however Tuscon in all probability wish to maintain on to him for a bit longer.
Derrick Pouliot, D, 25 (San Antonio)With 5 years of NHL expertise, it’s no shock that Pouliot hasn’t struggled within the AHL to date. Pouliot leads all defensemen with 18 factors in 20 video games, along with his 14 assists placing him in a four-way tie for fifth total. Pouliot recorded factors in all however three of his 11 video games in November, posting 10 factors and two multi-point efforts alongside the way in which. Given Pouliot’s expertise within the NHL, the first-round choose by Pittsburgh in 2012 (eighth total) was an apparent call-up to St. Louis earlier this month previous to a Blues’ street journey, however he hasn’t wearing any video games but.
Nathan Walker, LW, 25 (San Antonio)Seventh time’s a attraction? Walker has been a strong AHLer all through his profession, however he by no means discovered his offensive aptitude throughout his tenure with the Hershey Bears. However via 20 video games with San Antonio this season, Walker has registered 22 factors previous to incomes a call-up to St. Louis this week. In a full marketing campaign, Walker is on tempo for round 80 factors, which might simply surpass his career-high 41-point marketing campaign in 2015-16. Walker, the one Australian to play within the AHL, has proven large chemistry with Mike Vecchione and has been an excellent affect on younger ahead Jordan Kyrou earlier than the teen’s potential transition to full-time NHL work subsequent season. Walker can be San Antonio’s ticket to success within the Central Division, a gaggle that options six groups inside two wins of one another.
Reid Boucher, LW, 26 (Utica)After a dominant offensive begin to the season, Utica discovered themselves with out Boucher (groin harm) and Sven Baertschi (NHL call-up) at factors in November. Boucher, nevertheless, returned in fashion, scoring a hat trick in his first recreation again after lacking 5 contests, earlier than posting one other two multi-point efforts over the following two weeks. Having Baertschi again within the lineup will solely additional assist Boucher’s scoring contact that noticed him put up 108 factors in 101 AHL video games previous to this season. The North Division race is hard with Toronto and Rochester having sizzling begins, however Utica sits fifth in league scoring, and Boucher’s 14 objectives in 15 video games are a giant purpose why.
Matthew Phillips, RW, 22 (Stockton)Hey Calgary, want offense? Phillips can present it. A sixth-round choose by the Flames in 2016, Phillips has 19 factors via 18 video games with Stockton, highlighted by a four-point effort in opposition to San Diego and a three-point evening versus Ontario. Phillips is small at 5-foot-7 and 154 kilos, however it hasn’t held him again this season as his velocity has made up for it. Having Ryan Lomberg (18 factors) and Glenn Gawdin (17 factors) as linemates has helped fill the holes left by his less-than-ideal defensive play and lack of physicality. He’s acquired true top-six scoring potential, however he isn’t that helpful in a checking scenario.
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