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20 minutes ago, coastal_caniac said:

Lucas Wallmark was named AHL Rookie of the Month for January.  Keep it up, you were noticeable in camp this year.

 

http://gocheckers.com/articles/features/rookie-of-the-month-lucas-wallmark-gaining-confidence-in-transition-to-north-america

 

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While playing against elite talent as a teenager gave Wallmark a significant boost when it came to joining the AHL, key differences between the two leagues make the adjustment a little more complicated.

 

“In my opinion, the biggest thing is the size of the ice,” said Samuelsson. “Everything happens quicker here and you don’t have a lot of bail out areas where you can disappear with the puck. With the smaller ice surface you’re forced to make plays quicker.”

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If true, that makes Aho's start here that much more impressive.

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3 hours ago, LakeLivin said:

 

 

“In my opinion, the biggest thing is the size of the ice,” said Samuelsson. “Everything happens quicker here and you don’t have a lot of bail out areas where you can disappear with the puck. With the smaller ice surface you’re forced to make plays quicker.”

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If true, that makes Aho's start here that much more impressive.

It does. And the other factor in the NHL is the game is even faster than the AHL.

 

And the fact that Aho has gotten notably better as the year has gone on and has made adjustments, and feeling his confidence bodes well indeed.

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I thought this was interesting considering the recent question Lake posed as to TT shooting more.  I know TT is a Fin but in general just maybe these kids are taught to be play makers and defensive forwards first.

 

“He’s been shooting more,” said Samuelsson. “He’s getting away from that Swedish ‘pass first’ mentality and now he’s looking to see if he has any opportunity to get the puck to the net.”

 

It's another adjustment that's maybe underrated.

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gocheckers.com
 

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The Checkers moved to solidify their goaltending situation with the addition of Tom McCollum on Wednesday.

McCollum, who the Checkers acquired on loan from the Stockton Heat, is a 27-year-old veteran of 227 AHL games with Grand Rapids and Stockton, during which time he has posted a 104-91-13 record, 2.78 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
 

In a corresponding move, the Checkers assigned rookie Alex Nedeljkovic to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. The team also swapped forwards with Florida on Wednesday, assigning Mitchell Heard to the Everblades and recalling Clark Bishop.

 

 

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So, Hudson Elynuik (2016 draft, 3rd round), all 6' 5" of him, just signed an ATO to play for the Checkers during the playoff run.  I'm anxious to see what he can do coming off a very good junior season and poised to play in Charlotte next season.  Can you say net front presence.

 

http://www.gocheckers.com/articles/transactions/checkers-sign-hudson-elynuik-to-ato

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Well How about this..........

Checkers Move into Playoff Position with Sixth Straight Win by Nicholas Niedzielski

 

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it was the red-hot Connor Brickley who came through for the Checkers, collecting a loose puck and sliding it past Iowa netminder Alex Stalock with less than three minutes to go to clinch Charlotte’s fifth consecutive victory.

 

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Hey Hey, whata ya say? This is tremendous to finally see these guys back and closing in on playoffs!! Maybe the parent team can mimic them next year? Or this???

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