2013 AHL All Star Classic Western Conference Roster Breakdown

The Western Conference roster for Monday’s AHL All Star Classic in Providence, Rhode Island, features 17 first-time all stars, one first round draft pick and 378 games of NHL experience.

Andrew Agozzino, LW, Lake Erie Monsters
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
43 13 22 35 15 91 43

Playing in his first professional season, Andrew Agozzino, an undrafted free agent currently under contract to Lake Erie, is appearing in his first AHL All Star Classic. He is currently ranked fourth among all AHL rookies in scoring.

Mark Arcobello, C, Oklahoma City Barons
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
41 12 23 35 -12 129 16

Mark Arcobello is playing in his third professional season and making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance. However, he did appear in the 2011 ECHL All Star Game, while earning MVP honors. Signed by the Edmonton Oilers as an undrafted free agent, Arcobello has almost equalled his production from last season in roughly half as many games.

Victor Bartley, D, Milwaukee Admirals
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
40 6 15 21 9 55 22

This season marks Victor Bartley’s first AHL All Star Classic appearance. After playing the 2010-11 season in Sweden, Bartley was signed to a two-way contract by the Nashville Predators in 2011. After briefly appearing on the Predators roster as a scratch for this season’s NHL opening weekend, Bartley was returned to Milwaukee. Bartley actually began his professional career with the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout contract.

Chad Billins, D, Grand Rapids Griffins
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
39 2 19 21 -2 53 20

Signed by the Grand Rapids Griffins as an undrafted free agent coming out of Ferris State University, Chad Billins is playing in his first professional season and is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance.

Barry Brust, G, Abbotsford Heat
GP GAA SV% W L SOL SO
17 1.66 .941 9 6 2 4

The third round selection of the Minnesota Wild in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Barry Brust is making his second AHL All Star Classic appearance, the first coming in 2009. He appeared in 11 games with the Los Angeles Kings in the 2006-07 season. In 2008, while a member of the Houston Aeros, Brust and teammate Nolan Schaefer won the Hap Holmes Award for the league’s lowest team goals-against average. Earlier this season, had an AHL record 268:17 shutout streak.

Adam Clendening, D, Rockford IceHogs
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
40 4 21 25 0 73 41

Drafted in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011, Adam Clendening is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance in his first professional season.

Mark Cundari, D, Peoria Rivermen
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
35 2 14 16 0 67 50

An undrafted free agent from the Windsor Spitfires, Mark Cundari joined the Blues organization in 2010. Cundari is in his third professional season and is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance.

Gabriel Dumont, C, Hamilton Bulldogs
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
39 13 11 24 5 86 48

Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Gabriel Dumont is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance in 2013. His 13 goals and 11 assists in 2012-13 have already matched his career highs in both numbers, achieved last season.

Matt Fraser, LW, Texas Stars
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
44 20 9 29 11 124 22

Matt Fraser is making his second consecutive AHL All Star Classic in his second AHL season. Last year, Fraser finished second in the league in goal scoring with 37 goals. This season he sits in the same spot with 20 goals at the All Star break. In January 2012, Fraser appeared in a game with the Dallas Stars.

Ryan Hamilton, LW, Toronto Marlies
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
38 18 9 27 0 71 23

A 7-year AHL veteran, Ryan Hamilton is making his second AHL All Star Classic appearance, having also appeared last year. Hamilton has played in over 400 AHL games, but finally cracked an NHL roster last season when he played two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His 18 goals so far this season leave him on pace for a second consecutive 20-goal season and the second of his career.

Brad Hunt, D, Chicago Wolves
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
34 2 16 18 4 39 10

In his first full AHL season, Brad Hunt, signed by the Chicago Wolves as an undrafted free agent out of Bemidji State, is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance.

Michal Jordan, D, Charlotte Checkers
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
44 5 9 14 11 80 20

Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 4th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Michal Jordan is making his AHL All Star Classic debut in his third AHL season. In 2010, Jordan was the captain of the Czech World Junior squad.

Quintin Laing, C, Abbotsford Heat
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
37 4 8 12 5 65 33

A veteran of over 650 AHL games, Quintin Laing is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Laing has appeared in 79 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.

Brayden McNabb, D, Rochester American
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
39 3 18 21 0 70 35

Buffalo’s third round choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Brayden McNabb is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance. McNabb was named to the Western Conference All Stars last year, but did not appear in the All Star Classic due to his call up to Buffalo. McNabb played in 25 games with the Sabres last season.

Petr Mrazek, G, Grand Rapids Griffins
GP GAA SV% W L SOL SO
23 2.42 .911 14 7 1 0

Drafted by Detroit in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Petr Mrazek is appearing in his first AHL All Star Classic in his first professional season. Earlier this season he won his first six starts, setting a Grand Rapids franchise record. Representing the Czech Republic in the 2012 World Junior Championships, Mrazek was named the best goaltender of the tournament.

Gustav Nyquist, RW, Grand Rapids Griffins
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
42 14 26 40 10 121 22

Gustav Nyquist, selected in the fourth round by Detroit in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is in the midst of his second professional season and is appearing in his second AHL All Star Classic. Last year, Nyquist reeled off 58 points (22 G – 36 A), setting a Grand Rapids rookie record. He also spent 18 games at the NHL level with the Red Wings and played in 4 of the games of their first round playoff loss to Nashville. This season, he has already made one appearance with Detroit.

Jamie Oleksiak, D, Texas Stars
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
43 3 20 23 12 58 21

In 2011, the Dallas Stars selected Jamie Oleksiak 15th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. In his rookie season, the big (6’7″) defenseman has been on of the league’s top-scoring blue liners on his way to his first All Star appearance.

Justin Peters, G, Charlotte Checkers
GP GAA SV% W L SOL SO
28 2.37 .916 16 9 1 5

Justin Peters has appeared in 28 games for the Carolina Hurricanes over the past 3 seasons. Drafted by Carolina in the second round in 2004, Peters is appearing in his second AHL All Star Classic, the first being in 2010. His 5 shutouts this season are already a career high.

Kevin Porter, C, Rochester Americans
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
40 12 22 34 6 72 29

Kevin Porter has spent the last two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and 163 games overall in the NHL between Colorado and Phoenix. Returning to the AHL this season, he is on pace for for his highest-scoring professional season and is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance.

Martin St. Pierre, C, Rockford IceHogs
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
43 16 20 36 8 109 37

Martin St. Pierre is appearing in his fifth AHL All Star Classic this season, the most of any player on either team. He also played in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. St. Pierre has 500 career AHL points and has been named a postseason All Star twice. He has also appeared in 38 NHL games in his 9 year professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. He has also played briefly in the KHL.

Mike Sgarbossa, C, Lake Erie Monsters
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
38 16 20 36 -3 59 41

Mike Sgarbossa is making his first AHL All Star appearance in his rookie season. Last season, the Colorado Avalanche prospect was the OHL’s leading scorer. Currently, he leads the AHL in shooting percentage with 27.1%.

Drew Shore, C, San Antonio Rampage
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
41 10 20 30 4 83 18

In his rookie season, Drew Shore, the second-round selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, is making his first career AHL All Star Classic appearance. His 30 points rank seventh among AHL rookies. Last week, Shore made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers and has already appeared in 3 games with the NHL squadd.

Jason Zucker, LW, Houston Aeros
GP G A PTS +/- SOG PIM
39 17 19 36 -10 152 37

Drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, Jason Zucker is making his first AHL All Star Classic appearance. While this is Zucker’s first AHL season, he appeared in 6 goals with the Wild last season. In 2010, he was a member of the United States’ gold medal World Junior team. He currently ranks first among AHL rookies in power play goals, game-winning goals and shots on goal.

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