AHL Awards, Where are the Milwaukee Admirals?

Here is a six-pack of AHL end of season awards announced recently (Though all of the candidates listed are plenty deserving, only three teams are represented and not a single western team won an award, despite great seasons from Milwaukee and Houston):

Binghamton forward Corey Locke won the AHL’s Most Valuable Player Award (Les Cunningham Award).

Cody Bass of the Senators won the AHL’s Man of the Year Award (Yanick Dupre Award).

John Hynes of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the AHL’s Coach of Year Award (Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award).

Penguins netminder Brad Thiessen won the AHL’s Outstanding Goaltender Award (Aldege “Baz” Bastien Award).

Marc-Andre Gragnani of Portland won the AHL’s Outstanding Defenseman Award (Eddie Shore Award).

Pirates forward Luke Adam won the AHL’s Rookie of Year Award (Dudley “Red” Garrett Award).

Roundtable what are your thoughts?

Doesn’t Lane Lambert deserve to be at least a co-winner of the Coach of the Year Award for his masterful job guiding the Milwaukee Admirals this year?

5 thoughts on “AHL Awards, Where are the Milwaukee Admirals?”

  1. anything that is not played out on paper in the AHL will belong to the Eastern Conference teams. I’m not worried about these awards, I’m worried about the one that gets awarded in June.

  2. I definitely think Lane Lambert deserved at least to be a co-winner. I doubt the Wilkes-Barre team had as many obsticles to overcome. Also I think they had more wins because they have some weaker teams in their division (and conference). For some reason I think the Western Conference gets the shaft, even with coverage on the AHL site.

  3. I think Lane Lambert would be a sure winner had it not been for the Penguins. In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s defense, half their team has been up with Pittsburgh this season. But that being said, Pittsburgh has an incredibly deep system due to having so much money tied up in three players (Crosby, Malkin, Fleury and Staal). They have to compliment that top with a deep (and much less expensive) base. But if you consider that Milwaukee will likely clinch the West despite a season chalk full of issues and call ups and how the Admirals were considered a fringe playoff team at best to start the season, Lambert deserves a ton of credit for his team’s results.
    I do, however, take issue with the Eastern Conference bias of all of these awards.

  4. I’m fine with the awards Corey Locke is having a great season and deserves MVP and the Pens are the best team in the AHL as they have just steam rolled through the season, the ads have done the most with the least yet if they had a better record, perhaps picking up the other point in several of the ot/shootout losses lane may have gotten the nod or consideration for coach of the year, while dex getting hurt and called up a few times took to much away from his chances of winning the netminder award, Me being a buffalo fan like seeing Luke Adam win rookie of the year is great. Who cares about these awards anyway theres only one that i want milwaukee winning anyway and thats the Calder CUP!

  5. Move the league office out of Springfield. Perhaps Cleveland or Rochester would be better to reduce the east coast bias.

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