by PuckStopsHere on 11/11/13 at 04:32 PM ET
A week ago I last wrote about the AHL scoring race. Nikita Kucherov of the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate) had caught Travis Morin of the Teas Stars (Dallas affiliate). I don't see Morin as a serious candidate to win the AHL scoring race because he has never been a point per game player before this year in a half dozen AHL seasons. I see Kucherov as a better candidate to lead the league. He is a 2011 second round who scored 53 points in 27 QMJHL games last season. He is a top level NHL prospect.
Morin has taken the lead in scoring again. He has 24 points in 13 games to date. Kucherov is two points back with the same number of games played. I am uncertain that Morin will be able to keep this scoring rate all season, but he is off to a great start. It is rare that a 29 year old suddenly starts scoring at twice his past scoring rate. Thus it is unlikely that he will keep it up all season.
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