The AHL has announced its squad for the All Star Classic this afternoon. Joining the AHL All Stars for their game against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League will be Ads first-year pro Colton Sissons.
This season Sissons has suited up for every game and leads the team in points and goals: 13 goals, 10 assists, 23 points, 4 PIM’s, and a plus/minus of -6. As said, this is his first professional season of hockey – but in all honesty it doesn’t show in his game one bit. He can play in all facets of the game – power-play and penalty kill included – and has been one of the most consistent players on the Ads throughout this season.
With the AHL playing against Färjestad BK, a first for the league to square up with a Swedish Elite team, roster spots were always going to be difficult to earn for this All Star game opposed to a battle of conferences. For the Ads youngster picking up a spot in this game is fantastic to see.
The AHL All Star squad is as follows:
Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay)
Brian Gibbons, W-B/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh)
Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (Ottawa)
Jason Jaffray, St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg)
Travis Morin, Texas Stars (Dallas)
Brandon Pirri, Rockford IceHogs (Chicago)
Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (Dallas)
Colton Sissons, Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville)
Ryan Spooner, Providence Bruins (Boston)
Ben Street, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)
Ryan Strome, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (N.Y. Islanders)
Linden Vey, Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles)
Chad Billins, Abbotsford Heat (Calgary)
T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (Toronto)
Cody Goloubef, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
Alexey Marchenko, Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit)
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans (Buffalo)
Frederic St. Denis, Springfield Falcons (Columbus)
The AHL All Star Classic will be on Wednesday February 12th in St. John’s, Newfoundland – with the always fun Skills Competition the night before the game.
Thoughts on the AHL’s All Star selections? Any snubs? Any other Admirals who you feel deserved to join the team? General thoughts of Colton Sissons start to this season? Can Nashville expect to see Sissons at some point in this season?