by PuckStopsHere on 03/17/09 at 02:31 AM ET
When I last looked at the AHL scoring race, I noted that Keith Aucoin is running away with the AHL scoring lead. Aucoin’s 86 points are an eight point lead over teammate Alexandre Giroux who holds down second in the scoring race. These two players are a big part of the reason the Hershey Bears (Washington Capital affiliate) are a top team in the AHL.
Although Aucoin has been running away with the lead, there is a good chance that Giroux could catch him. Keith Aucoin was called up to the Washington Capitals. Since his weekend call-up, Aucoin has played two games. In last night’s 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, Aucoin got an assist. This is his first NHL point this season. This could help lead to Aucoin getting more ice time in the NHL (he played under twelve minutes last night).
In the AHL, scoring titles can be lost by being called up to the NHL. If a player is running away with the league scoring lead, he stands a good chance of winning an NHL shot. During that NHL shot he is a stationary target in the points race. Still active players are likely to catch up.
Aucoin was called up because Sergei Fedorov is out with “flu-like symptoms”. This has kept him out of the last two games. Should Fedorov return, Aucoin may be shuttled back to the AHL unless another roster spot opens up.
Keith Aucoin has the AHL scoring lead. He has an eight point lead over anyone else. As long as Aucoin plays moderately well in the AHL accumulating a few points along the way he is almost impossible to catch. Since he has been called up by the Washington Capitals, the possibility of his being caught has opened up. It is an odd situation for Aucoin. I am sure he wants to play in the NHL and earn an NHL payday. He also wants to win the John B Sollenberger Trophy as top scorer in the AHL this season. Quite likely he cannot have both.
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