by PuckStopsHere on 01/18/14 at 09:56 PM ET
I last reported on the AHL scoring race about a month ago. Travis Morin of the Texas Stars (Dallas affiliate) had re-taken the lead after losing it because of an NHL call-up. Because many of the other contenders in the race have also had significant AHL call-ups, Morin has taken a significant scoring lead. His 55 points is a ten point lead over Mike Hoffman of the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa affiliate) who is in second place.
Morin isn't the kind of player one might have expected to win the AHL scoring race. He is a veteran AHLer, who is not seen as a significant NHL prospect. Thus his chances of getting an NHL call-up for a significant amount of time are low - though he had a short one earlier this year. He is 30 years old and has been bouncing around American minor pro leagues since 2007 when he left college. He has had six NHL games with no points scored. During his AHL time, he has never scored more than 66 points in a year. This isn't a particularly high scoring track record for an AHL top scorer.
The AHL has changed in recent years. The KHL has opened up another option for players who would have otherwise dominated in the AHL. This cuts into the older non-prospect AHL veteran player who usually wins the AHL scoring title. This reduces the talent available in the AHL and opens up an opportunity for players like Morin to win the AHL scoring title.
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