Alumni: McKenzie AHL's top rookie

Forward is tied for ninth in league scoring

By John Lachmann
Kypostsports@yahoo.com
Twitter: @rednblackhawks

Texas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie was named the AHL Rookie of the Year on Monday.

McKenzie was named the winner of the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award, which is voted on by AHL coaches and players as well as league media.

McKenzie is currently tied for ninth in the league in points with 64, having scored 26 goals and added 38 assists.

McKenzie had a hat trick on Saturday, with one goal coming in each period in an 8-4 win at San Antonio. He scored his three goals on four shots.

NHL: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle finished with nine points in the last 10 games of the regular season.

He had four goals and five assists in that span and recorded a pair of helpers in the season finale at Phoenix, setting up the clinching goal 13 seconds into the third period.

Goalie Connor Knapp made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres on April 12 in relief of an injured teammate. He stopped 6 of 7 shots in 11:35 in that game.

He started the next game, a 4-3 shootout loss vs. the New York Islanders. He was 22-for-25 in that game.

AHL: Binghamton defenseman Chris Wideman is ninth in the league in assists with 41. Wideman also has nine goals for 50 points, nearly tripling his point total of 18 as a rookie in 2012-13.

Forward Pat Cannone has two goals and four assists in his last five games with Chicago. He netted a pair of goals in a shootout goal vs. Iowa on April 8, and he earned two assists vs. Rockford on April 13.

Defenseman Vincent LoVerde notched three assists in a penalty-marred 4-0 win over Portland on April 12. He is a team-best plus-37 for the season.

Europe: Matt Tomassoni’s Bolzano team won the EBEL (Austrian) championship with a 3-2 overtime win over Salzburg.

Bolzano won the best-of-5 series, 3-games-to-2.

In the UK, forwards Dustin Whitecotton and Pat Leahy saw their season end when Sheffield beat Belfast, 3-2 in overtime of the league championship games on April 15.

NHL
F Reilly Smith, BOS 82 GP, 20-31—51
F Tommy Wingels, SJ, 77 GP, 16-22—38
D Dan Boyle, SJ, 75 GP, 12-24—36
D Andy Greene, NJ, 82 GP, 8-24—32
D Alec Martinez, LA, 61 GP, 11-11—22
F Ryan Jones, EDM, 52 GP, 2-4—6
F Andy Miele, PHX, 7 GP, 0-2—2*
D Cameron Schilling, WSH, 1 GP, 0-0—0*
G Jeff Zatkoff, PIT, 20 GP, 12-8, 2.61 GAA, .912 Sv%
G Connor Knapp, BUF, 2 GP, 0-1, 3.12 GAA, .875 Sv%
AHL
F Andy Miele, POR, 68 GP, 27-43—70
F Curtis McKenzie, TEX, 73 GP, 26-38—64
D Chris Wideman, BNG, 71 GP, 9-41—50
F Carter Camper, SPR, 59 GP, 11-38—49
F Pat Cannone, CHI, 56 GP, 15-17—32
D Vincent LoVerde, MNC, 69 GP, 2-18—20
F Marc Hagel, IOW, 43 GP, 8-7—15
D Cameron Schilling, HER, 67 GP, 3-12—15
F Tyler Biggs, TOR, 54 GP, 7-2—9
F Trent Vogelhuber, SPR, 29 GP, 1-8—9
F Justin Mercier, BGP, 19 GP, 2-3—5*
D Will Weber, SPR, 61 GP, 1-4—5
F Ryan Jones, OKC, 4 GP, 2-0—2*
F Alden Hirschfeld, GRP, 13 GP, 1-1—2
D Steve Spinell, PRO, 7 GP, 0-0—0* 
G Connor Knapp, RCH, 2 GP, 0-2, 4.03 GAA, .873 Sv%*
ECHL
F Gary Steffes, BAK, 60 GP, 18-17—35
F Alden Hirschfeld, TOL, 49 GP, 9-20—29*
F Justin Mercier, IDA, 43 GP, 18-12—30
F Marc Hagel, S.C., 21 GP, 9-8—17*
D Joe Hartman, FW, 72 GP, 3-8—11
D Steve Spinell, S.C., 58 GP, 1-8—9
G Connor Knapp, AKA, 29 GP, 11-16, 2.53 GAA, .920 Sv%*
G Cody Reichard, ORL, 31 GP, 15-14, 3.24 GAA, .902 Sv%
CHL
F Brandon Smith, MIS, 3 GP, 0-0—0*
Europe
F Dustin Whitecotton, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 59 GP, 18-49—67
F Evan Cheverie, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 56 GP, 15-50—65 
F Pat Leahy, Linz, EBEL (Austria) 43 GP, 17-17—34
F Randy Robitaille, Donbass, KHL (Russia), 49 GP, 8-20—28
F/D Matt Tomassoni, Bolzano, EBEL (Austria), 48 GP, 6-12—18
*-not currently with team

PLAYOFFS
Europe

F/D Matt Tomassoni, Bolzano, EBEL (Austria), 12 GP, 3-2—5
F Pat Leahy, Linz, EBEL (Austria) 7 GP, 3-1—4
F Evan Cheverie, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 4 GP, 0-3—3 
F Dustin Whitecotton, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 4 GP, 0-1—1
F Randy Robitaille, Donbass, KHL (Russia), 5 GP, 0-0—0

 

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