The 22-year-old Green Bay, Wisconsin product has put together an incredible first year in the AHL, racking up 22 goals and 43 assists in 74 games for the Moose. Appleton’s 65 points ranks him first among all AHL rookies in points, and only finds himself five points off the league lead.
The past week has already been a memorable one for the former Michigan State Spartan and the Moose, as the fiery forward was earlier named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team, as well as the AHL’s All-Rookie Team. He received the weekly honour as player of the week in mid-November, and dressed in the 2018 AHL All-Star Weekend.
His teammate and fellow rookie Sami Niku earlier won the AHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman award, while Head Coach Pascal Vincent picked up the Most Outstanding Coach award. All three award recipients were selected by way of vote.
Manitoba is only the fourth team since the 1968 season (Norfolk, Nova Scotia, Providence) to roster the most outstanding coach, rookie and defenceman in one season.
The Most Outstanding Rookie award is named after Dudley Garrett – a former AHL player who died tragically while serving the Navy in the Second World War. Garrett played for both the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Providence Reds in the 1942-43 season.
By Carter Brooks
Photo by Jeff Miller