At the All-Star break, Milwaukee sits in the top spot in the AHL’s Western Conference with 60 points in 47 games played. (I do realize that San Antonio and Houston each have 60 points as well, but they’ve played 49 and 51 games respectively).
Yet the Admirals have just two players competing in the AHL All-Star festivities, forward Linus Klasen and goaltender Mark Dekanich. I don’t want to take anything away from those two players earning such honors, but isn’t it strange that Milwaukee didn’t send one single defenseman to Hershey, Pennsylvania?
So what if the Admirals have allowed just 116 goals, best in the West Division and even lower than super stingy and boring Peoria at 122 (Got to love how much that 8-1 win Friday paid off in the AHL stat book).
So what if Jonathon Blum is 11th in the AHL in scoring for defensemen with 28 points? (Snub)
So what if recently red hot Aaron Johnson has seven goals and a 225-game NHL pedigree? (Snub)
So what if Roman Josi is one of the best young defenseman in the AHL, even though he missed seven games with an injury? (Snub)
So what if Teemu Laakso has 16 points, is a plus 11 and spent significant time up with Nashville? (Snub)
Pretty ridiculous in my humble opinion. What does coach Lane Lambert think?
“There are only so many players that can go off a team,” Lambert said. “I do think there were some other guys that were deserving to go as well, but that’s the way it goes.”
Clearly, Lambert decided to take the high road.
My hope is that the Roundtable won’t.
Which Admirals players do think deserve to be lacing up their skates in Hershey this evening?