The American Hockey League has announced its All-Rookie Team for the 2020-21 shortened season. Voted by the players, coaches and media in and around each of the league’s 28 member-team cities, six players earned custom designed crystal awards, presented in recognition of his selection to the All-Rookie Team.
2020-21 AHL All-Rookie Team:
Goaltender – Logan Thompson, Henderson Silver Knights (23 GP, 16-6-1 Record, 1.96 Goals Against Average, .943 Save Percentage, Two Shutouts)
Defenseman – Calen Addison, Iowa Wild (31 Games Played, Six Goals, 16 Assists, 22 Points, +7 Rating)
Defenseman – Max Gildon, Bakersfield Condors (32 Games Played, Two Goal, 17 Assists, 19 Points, +16 Rating)
Forward – Riley Damiani, Texas Stars (36 Games Played, 11 Goals, 25 Assists, 36 Points, +3 Rating, Four Power Play Goals, Two Game-Winning Goals)
Forward – Connor McMichael, Hershey Bears (33 Games Played, 14 Goals, 13 Assists, 27 Points, +6 Rating, Six Power Play Goals, Eight Game-Winning Goals)
Forward – Phil Tomasino, Chicago Wolves (29 Games Played, 13 Goals, 19 Assists, 32 Points, +20 Rating, Four Power Play Goals, Two Game-Winning Goals)
Making up the starting lineup with three forwards, two defencemen and one goaltender selected, two players chosen held ties to the province of Manitoba. While two other players not on that list very well may have been snubbed.
Brandon-born defenceman Calen Addison had himself a sensational first professional season split between the AHL’s Iowa Wild and the big league Minnesota Wild. Acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins back in February of 2020, the 21-year-old began the AHL season with a bang, scoring three points on opening night, before tallying a total of six goals and 22 points in 31 games on the blueline for Iowa. He made his NHL debut on February 16, while also earning his first career point in his first career postseason game.
Goaltender Logan Thompson continued in his developmental path following three seasons of play with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. After one season with Brock University, Thompson suited up in goal for two years in the ECHL, before getting his shot with Kelly McCrimmon’s Vegas Golden Knights and the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights. The 24-year-old owned an incredible 1.96 goals against average and a .943 save percentage with Henderson, before making his debut with Vegas on March 10.
Missing out on the All-Rookie Team was Winnipeg product Seth Jarvis – who led the league in scoring during his time within the AHL. With the WHL resuming play after an extended break, the 19-year-old Jarvis was forced to return to the Portland Winterhawks after posting seven goals and 11 points in just nine games for the Chicago Wolves. Drafted 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2020, Jarvis put up 15 goals and 27 points with Portland in the US-Hub this past season.
Also failing to earn recognition from the league was fellow 19-year-old forward Cole Perfetti of the Manitoba Moose. Selected 10th overall by the Winnipeg Jets this past year, the speedy Whitby, ON. product spent the majority of the season with Manitoba, before leaving the team to join Team Canada at the World Championship in Latvia.
Perfetti finished the second second in team scoring (nine goals, 17 assists, 26 points) while playing in just the first 32 games of the season. He had four power play goals, 13 power play points, 64 total shots on goal, two game-winners and just one penalty on the season. His 13 power play points places him in a tie with McMichael for the most amongst rookies, while his two penalty minutes is the very best.
Following this announcement, the AHL is also expected to reveal its divisional All-Star Teams in the coming days.