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AHL’s Top Scorer

Brendan Leipsic of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leaf affiliate) was the AHL top scorer for the month of November.  Now that we have moved into December, there is a new AHL top scorer in Brad Hunt of the Chicago Wolves (St Louis Blues affiliate).  Brad Hunt has 26 points in 22 games.  This is two points ahead of Leipsic and other players who are tied with him.

Hunt is a defenceman.  It is rare that defencemen lead any league in scoring.  He is 28 years old, which puts him on the old side of being an NHL prospect.  He spent parts of three NHL seasons playing for the Edmonton Oilers scoring three points in 21 games but has largely been a minor pro player.  Last year, he put up 41 points in 57 games with the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oiler affiliate).  He has never scored at point per game rate in his four complete AHL seasons with a 51 point career best.  He never scored at point per game rate in his four college seasons at Bemidji State University or in his two seasons of tier two junior with the Burnaby Express of the BCJHL.  It is unlikely that he suddenly became a top scorer at age 28 when he has never been one at any significant level in his life.

Hunt is signed with St Louis largely to give them veteran experience with their minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.  It was not expected that he would play in the NHL this season.  However it was also not expected that he would lead the AHL in scoring.  Thus an NHL call up is a possibility.  With or without an NHL call up, Brad Hunt leading the AHL in scoring all season is unlikely he has no track record as a top scorer.

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