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AHL Top Scorer

The top scorer so far in the AHL is Brendan Leipsic of the first place Toronto Marlies.  He has 13 points so far in 8 games and a three point lead on anyone else in the league. 

Leipsic is 22 years old.  He was drafted by Nashville in the 3rd round of the 2012 entry draft.  As a 19 year old in 2013, he led the CHL in scoring.  His offensive totals dropped in his final CHL season.  He was traded to Toronto along with Olli Jokinen and a 2015 first round draft pick (this pick was later moved to Philadelphia who picked Travis Konecny) in 2014 for Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson.  Last season Leipsic played six games at the NHL level scoring three points. 

Leipsic has been a solid AHL level player with 109 career points in 142 career games before this season, but he has shown no signs of being top scorer material.  Given his CHL past where he scored 120 points and won the scoring title between seasons of 58 and 91 points, there is evidence that he can be a streaky scorer.

I would be surprised if Leipsic wins the AHL scoring title in part because a rebuilding Toronto Maple Leaf team would give him an NHL shot if he succeeds at the AHL level.  I would also be surprised if he has the ability to keep up his scoring at this level - because he has not done so in the past - but its not entirely impossible.  I expect as we pull further into the AHL season other players will take over the scoring race.

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