by PuckStopsHere on 11/04/13 at 11:53 PM ET
Almost three weeks ago I reported that Travis Morin of the Texas Stars was the AHL scoring leader. He is a career minor leaguer who had never shown top offensive ability, so I predicted he would soon be caught in the scoring race. That has happened. Nikita Kucherov of the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay's affiliate) has caught him in the point race with 20 points and a game in hand.
Kucherov was a second round draft pick in 2011. He would likely have been selected earlier if he wasn't playing in the KHL and it was uncertain if he wanted to come to North America to play. In 2012/13 he showed his willingness and came to Canada to play his final year of junior eligibility in the QMJHL. He was a scoring star with 63 points in only 33 games played. That shows he has the potential to score well in the AHL and also the NHL. As a 20 year old, he has significant potential as a professional hockey player.
Kucherov is a player who could win the AHL scoring title. He also is a player that should be considered a top Tampa Bay prospect and could very easily be in the NHL by season's end and hence drop out of the scoring race in the AHL. He has a better shot at the AHL scoring race than Travis Morin, who is currently tied with him.
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