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AHL Scoring Race

In early November, i first looked at the AHL scoring race.  At that time, Kris Newbury of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) led the league.  His closest challenge came from Travis Morin of the Texas Stars (Dallas affiliate).  A few other players remained contenders for the scoring lead including Chris Wideman of the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa affiliate).  Wideman has since taken the scoring lead.  He has 22 points in 18 games.  This places him a point ahead of Newbury and Morin.  It remains a close race between these three.

Wideman is young enough to be considered an NHL prospect.  He is 24 years old.  The most impressive thing about him is he plays defence.  A defenceman leading any league in scoring is rare.  Wideman spent four years playing hocking in the NCAA with Miami University of Ohio.  There he was drafted by Ottawa.  After graduating, he spent most of his time in the AHL.  His offensive numbers have improved in every year he has spent there.  Last season he managed 51 points in 73 games played.  This season he is scoring at well above that rate.  It may be an unsustainable improvement, but it clearly makes Wideman a player that Ottawa should be interested in calling up this season.  I think Wideman will have a hard time holding the scoring lead all season in part because he is a defenceman who is making a big improvement, but more significantly because he will likely be an NHL callup.  A player like Chris Wideman looks too good to remain in the AHL all season.  He is currently leading the AHL in points.

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