The ECHL announced its all-rookie team today, and no Reign players made the cut. The complete list:
F – Evan Barlow, Idaho Steelheads (55 gp, 32g, 40a, 72 pts, +28)
F – Justin Donati, Elmira Jackals (62 gp, 38g, 58a, 96 pts, +13)
F – Maxime Tanguay, Toledo Walleye (63 gp, 25g, 43a, 68 pts, +3)
D – Drew Paris, Gwinnett Gladiators (68 gp, 12g, 32a, 44 pts, -18)
D – Sam Roberts, Gwinnett Gladiators (67 gp, 10g, 30a, 40 pts, -15)
G – Richard Bachman, Idaho Steelheads (34 gp, 22-7-3, 2.26 GAA, .909 Save Pct.)
Here’s a brief summary of each player’s season, as provided by the league:
The two players from Gwinnett and Idaho mark the eighth and ninth times that multiple players from the same team have been voted to the ECHL All-Rookie Team. This is the first time since 2001-02 that multiple players from more than one team have been selected to the All-Rookie Team.
Since the ECHL began naming the All-Rookie Team in 2000-01, 10 players selected have gone on to play in the NHL: David Desharnais (2007-08), Kevin Doell (2003-04), Vern Fiddler (2002-03), Simon Gamache (2001-02), Mike Glumac (2002-03), Adam Hauser (2002-03), Jason Jaffray (2002-03), Anton Khudobin (2007-08), Joey Tenute (2004-05) and Zenon Konopka (2002-03).
The ECHL will announce its First-Team All-ECHL and Second-Team All-ECHL teams on Thursday.
Evan Barlow of the Idaho Steelheads leads all first-year players with a plus-minus rating of +28 and is tied for first with 14 power-play goals. He sits second among rookies with 72 points and 31 power-play points while his 32 goals ties him for second. He ranks third with 40 assists and 17 power-play assists and his 14 power-play goals are tied for second among all ECHL players. Barlow was also named the Most Valuable Player at the ECHL All-Star Game in January after tallying four points (2g-2a). Barlow has also appeared in eight games in the American Hockey League with Abbotsford where he has one goal and three assists.
Justin Donati of the Elmira Jackals leads all ECHL rookies with 38 goals, 58 assists, 96 points, 19 power-play assists and 33 power-play points while his 14 power-play goals tie him for the rookie lead. Donati’s 96 points are third in the league and his 38 goals tie him for fourth in the ECHL. Donati has played in four AHL games this season with Binghamton and Portland where he has tallied one assist.
Maxime Tanguay of the Toledo Walleye is third among league rookies with 68 points and sits second with 43 assists while his 23 power-play points are tied for third among first-year players. Tanguay is under contract to Rockford of the American Hockey League and he has one assist and two penalty minutes in five games with the IceHogs.
Drew Paris of the Gwinnett Gladiators leads all rookie defensemen with 44 points, eight power-play goals and two shorthand goals. His 24 power-play points are tied for third among league rookies. Paris also appeared in one game with Toronto of the AHL registering two assists.
Sam Roberts of the Gwinnett Gladiators is third among first-year defensemen with 10 goals and is tied for second with 40 points. He has played in two games with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League and has two penalty minutes.
Richard Bachman of the Idaho Steelheads is 22-7-3 with four shutouts, a league-leading 2.26 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. Selected in the fourth round (120th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Bachman is under an NHL contract with Dallas. He has appeared in six AHL games going 3-3-0 with one shutout, goals-against average of 2.06 and a .927 save percentage with Texas.