After a day off yesterday the Allen Americans will get in two practices before they start a four games in five days series against the Kansas City Mavericks on Wednesday night. When you consider five skaters and both goalies on the current roster have played five or fewer games with the Americans, the more practice time the better.
– Roster news:
– Had several questions about Zane Franklin not playing after he participated in warmups on Saturday. Zane suffered a pregame injury and decided after warmups it was best to sit out. The injury had nothing to do with his post game fight on Friday night. Franklin is listed as day to day.
– Forward Josh Maser has been assigned to Allen by the Iowa Wild and will arrive later today. Maser played in six games for Iowa with one goal and seven penalty minutes.
– Goalie Jake Paterson is back from injury and will be available for the series with Kansas City.
– Injured players Dyson Stevenson and Justin Kapelmaster will not be available for the Kansas City series.
– As is almost always the case Steve Martinson is working on other transactions to improve the roster.
– I mentioned yesterday the Americans are one player away from the all time record of 46 for the most players used in a single season. This morning I calculated the scoring from players that are no longer with the team because of trades, releases, loans/recall to the AHL and season ending injuries. Here is the breakdown:
30% of Allen’s total points this season are gone (106 of 354)
32% of Allen’s total goals this season are gone (42 of 130)
29% of Allen’s total assists this season are gone (64 of 224)
– The impact on the goalies is even greater. Zach Sawchenko and C.J. Motte are in the AHL. Jake Paterson and Justin Kapelmaster have been out with injuries. These four goalies account for 88% of Allen wins (21 of 24) this season. Paterson last played on March 13 and is expected to play in the upcoming series. Kapelmaster last played on March 24.
– Here are the stats leaders looking at the players currently on the active roster. The ECHL rank is in parenthesis:
33 – Corey Mackin (12th)
30 – Les Lancaster (22nd)
26 – Matt Register & Samuel Laberge (36th)
16 – Corey Mackin (7th)
12 – Samuel Laberge (30th)
11 – Les Lancaster (34th)
24 – Matt Register (7th)
19 – Les Lancaster (19th)
17 – Corey Mackin (29th)
+14 – Phil Beaulieu (10th)
+11 – Josh Lammon (16th)
+7 – Conner Bleackley & Kameron Kielly (40th)
70 – Zane Franklin (7th)
42 – Samuel Laberge (30th)
42 – Les Lancaster (30th)
Shots On Goal:
118 – Corey Mackin (9th)
90 – Samuel Laberge (36th)
89 – Les Lancaster (37th)
Points by Defensemen:
30 – Les Lancaster (2nd)
26 – Matt Register (4th)
14 – Phil Beaulieu (23rd)
Goals by Defensemen:
11 – Les Lancaster (1st)
3 – Phil Beaulieu (23rd)
2 – Matt Register, (35th)
Assists by Defensemen
24 – Matt Register (2nd)
19 – Les Lancaster (4th)
11 – Phil Beaulieu, (24th)
– The most obvious conclusion from the stats above is the offensive contribution of the defensemen. The best example is the fact that the top two players on the Americans in assists are defensemen. Allen is the only team in the ECHL that the top two in assists are defensemen.
– Allen’s top three defensemen in assists have a total of 54 assists, more than the top three on any other ECHL team.
DID YOU KNOW: Allen’s top scoring defenseman for each season since joining the ECHL:
2020-21: Les Lancaster, 30 points (11G, 19A)
2019-20: Alex Breton, 55 points (11G, 44A)
2018-19: Alex Breton, 39 points, (14G, 25A)
2017-18: David Makowski, 54 points (11G, 43A)
2016-17: David Makowski, 50 points, (16G, 34A)
2015-16: David Makowski, 38 points (17G, 21A)
2014-15: Aaron Gens, 56 points (8G, 48A)