by PuckStopsHere on 11/20/09 at 02:30 PM ET
Corey Locke of the Hartford Wolf Pack (NY Rangers AHL affiliate) is running away with the AHL scoring lead. His totals of 11 goals, 18 assists and 29 points all are league leading totals. He currently has a seven point lead over Charles Linglet of the Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers affiliate). Probably Locke`s biggest challenges for the AHL scoring title come from Alexandre Giroux of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau of Hartford. These players have point per game scoring rates similar to Locke, but have both been limited to thirteen games played due to NHL call ups (Parenteau is currently on the New York Rangers roster).
Corey Locke is a 25 year old who has not had much of an NHL shot, due to his small size. He is listed at 5`9” 168 pounds. That would make him one of the smallest players in the NHL. Locke was drafted in 2003 by the Montreal Canadiens. He played his one NHL game with them in the 2007/08 season before being traded to the Minnesota Wild. Last summer, he signed as a free agent in New York. Like many AHL stars, he is well travelled and has never had a legitimate NHL shot (probably for reasons outside his control - his size).
Could Locke be a successful NHL player? As with most AHL stars, I think the answer is he probably could and he won’t likely get a sufficient chance to prove it. Given that his AHL teammate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau has two points in four games with the Rangers (in limited playing time), it seems reasonable to assume Locke could do about the same. On a New York Rangers team where only Marian Gaborik has more than six goals, it seems reasonable to look for more potential scoring threats.
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