Ryan Ellis didn't make the Nashville Predators out of camp, but he's on a consistently strong Milwaukee Admirals team. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Last season’s top regular season team from the Western Conference, the Milwaukee Admirals, are off to another hot start, winning each of their first three games. They were the only AHL team that had played at least three games to still hold a flawless record heading into the weekend.
The Admirals, who have won at least 40 games and earned at least 90 points for the past eight years, are looking to build on their success with new coach Kirk Muller. But it won’t be an easy road for Milwaukee, the fourth-youngest team in the AHL as of opening night.
The most notable rookie on the Admirals is Ryan Ellis, the 11th overall pick by the Nashville Predators in 2009. Ellis, who won two Memorial Cups with the Ontario League’s Windsor Spitfires, notched two points in seven playoff games with Milwaukee last season when he was called up after his OHL team was eliminated. Through three games this season, the 5-foot-10 puck-moving blueliner had registered one assist and a plus-2 rating.
Milwaukee travels to Abbotsford for two games this weekend. The Admirals have already won twice on the road this season, which has extended their 18-game point streak on the road, a league record.
Keith Aucoin of the Hershey Bears reached a milestone on Saturday, Oct. 15 when he became the ninth player in league history to record 500 assists in a career. The notable assist was his third of four in a 6-5 overtime loss to Norfolk and was the ninth time in his AHL career he recorded four assists in one game.
In all, Aucoin, the AHL’s MVP and scoring champion in 2009-10, has 214 goals, 501 assists and 715 points in 634 career AHL games.
Another player moved up the historical stat charts this past week as well. Adirondack’s Denis Hamel scored the 317th goal of his AHL career in a game against Syracuse, moving him past AHL Hall of Famer and current Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau for 15th on the all-time list. Not only that, but Hamel scored two more goals in a game against Bridgeport that tied him with Fred Thurier for 14th all-time.
There were a number of suspensions handed out by the AHL this past week:
• Houston’s Carson McMillan was handed a four-game suspension for an illegal check to the head against San Antonio Oct. 15.
• Rochester’s Marcus Foligno got a two-game suspension as a result of a boarding incident against Grand Rapids. Jonathan Parker, another Rochester player, got a one-game suspension for high-sticking infraction in the same game.
• Bridgeport’s Michael Haley received a two-game ban for a match penalty on an illegal check to the head against Adirondack. Bridgeport also lost Matt Donovan for one game after he was given a match penalty for a hit to the head in the same game.
• Finally, Grand Rapids’ Mitch Callahan was suspended four games for a boarding incident against Hamilton.
Brayden Schenn, the early leader in rookie scoring, was recalled to the Philadelphia Flyers and played his first game with the NHL club Thursday night. Schenn has four goals and eight points in four games with Adirondack.
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