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St. John’s IceCaps rookie blueliner Brenden Kichton was named to the American Hockey League’s all-star team on Wednesday. Kichton is second in scoring among AHL defenceman and third among all rookies with 35 points.
IceCaps rookie one of three add-ons
With his three-point, first-star performance in Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 win over the Providence Bruins, St. John’s IceCaps’ rookie defenceman Brendan Kichton moved
a) into a tie for first place in team scoring with Kael Mouillierat
b) into second place in scoring among all American Hockey League defenceman, trailing only the Toronto Marlies’ T.J. Brennan
c) into third place in scoring by AHL rookies, behind Curtis McKenzie of the Texas Stars and Ryan Strome of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
If those sound like the credentials of an all-star to you, then the AHL agrees, as it has added Kichton to its roster for the AHL All-Star Classic at Mile One Centre in St. John’s next month.
The 21-year-old Kichton, who has 35 points (eight goals, 27 assist), was one of three players named to the team Monday, along with Albany Devils forward Joe Whitney and Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Dustin Tokarski.
Kichton and Whitney are new add-ons to the roster, while Tokarski is a replacement for Martin Jones, who was recently recalled from the Manchester Monarchs to the Los Angeles Kings and will spend the remainder off the season in the NHL.
Kichton, Strome and forward Colton Sissons of the Milwaukee Admirals are the only rookies on the AHL all-stars.
The 2014 AHL All-Star Classic will see the AHL — captained by the IceCaps’ Jason Jaffray — taking on Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League.
The AHL all-star roster stands at 22 players – 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders – selected by a committee of AHL coaches and general managers. The team will be led by Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins, and Rob Zettler, head coach of the defending Eastern Conference champion Syracuse Crunch.
IceCaps’ defenceman Kris Fredheim, injured in Sunday’s game, is listed as week-to-week according St. John’s head coach Keith McCambridge.
Fredheim had X-rays on his shoulder after being forced from the contest against Providence early in the third period. He had been tripped up by the Bruins’ Robby Robins and crashed awkwardly into the end boards.
With a goal and four assists, the 26-year-old Fredheim hasn’t put up big offensive numbers, but has been a reliable top-three rearguard for St. John’s and one who sees a lot of ice time.
He has a plus-six rating and 62 penalty minutes in 37 games.
The IceCaps, who will finish off a five-game road trip with games against the Portland Pirates on Friday and Manchester on Saturday, have been travelling with eight defencemen. Cody Sol has been a healthy scratch of late, while Julian Melchiori has been dealing with an injury, but has been cleared to fully participate in practice today and could possibly play Friday against the Pirates.
2014 AHL All-Star Team
(NHL affiliate in brackets)
Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay); Brian Gibbons, W-B/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh); Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (Ottawa); Jason Jaffray, St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg); Travis Morin, Texas Stars (Dallas); Brandon Pirri, Rockford IceHogs (Chicago); Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (Dallas); Colton Sissons, Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville); Ryan Spooner, Providence Bruins (Boston); Ben Street, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary); Ryan Strome, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (N.Y. Islanders); Linden Vey, Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles); Joe Whitney, Albany Devils (New Jersey)
Chad Billins, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary); T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (Toronto); Cody Goloubef, Springfield Falcons (Columbus); Brenden Kichton, St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg); Alexey Marchenko, Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit); Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans (Buffalo); Frederic St. Denis, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
Jake Allen, Chicago Wolves (St. Louis); Dustin Tokarski, Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal)