Kamenev To Miss 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

(Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Vladislav Kamenev, who left Friday’s game against the Lake Erie Monsters due to a lower-body injury, will miss this weekend’s game in Milwaukee against the Grand Rapids Griffins as well as the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse.

Press Release via AHL:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today several roster changes for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, set for this Sunday and Monday in Syracuse, N.Y.

Added to the AHL All-Star rosters are Portland Pirates defenseman Cameron Gaunce and Providence Bruins forward Alexander Khokhlachev (Atlantic Division); St. John’s IceCaps defenseman Morgan Ellis (North Division); Manitoba Moose goaltender Eric Comrie, Rockford IceHogs forward Jake Dowell and Lake Erie Monsters forward T.J. Tynan (Central Division); and Ontario Reign forward Sean Backman and San Jose Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter (Pacific Division).

In addition, the AHL announced that Bridgeport forward Joe Whitney, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Derrick Pouliot, St. John’s defenseman Mark Barberio, Manitoba goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, Lake Erie forward Kerby Rychel, Milwaukee forward Vladislav Kamenev, Ontario forward Michael Mersch and Texas forward Travis Morin will all be unavailable for the event.

The 2016 All-Star rosters now feature 41 first-time participants, nine AHL rookies and 18 former first- and second-round NHL draft choices. In addition, 24 of this year’s All-Stars have appeared in a National Hockey League game already this season.

A limited number of tickets for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic are still available. They can be purchased either in person at the Syracuse Crunch office located in the War Memorial Arena at 800 South State Street in Syracuse or by calling (315) 473-4444, through all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

In addition, complimentary tickets for the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are available by visiting the Syracuse Crunch office or by phone at (315) 473-4444. The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Crouse Hinds Theater at 11 a.m. on Feb. 1, will feature the induction of Bruce Cline, Ralph Keller, Jean-Francois Labbe and Bruce Landon as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and will also celebrate honorary All-Star Classic captains Michael Peca and Scott Walker.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse will be televised live to an international audience on Sunday, Jan. 31 (8 p.m. ET) and Monday, Feb. 1 (7 p.m. ET) and will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: Of the 679 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 94 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Ben Bishop, Troy Brouwer, Ryan Callahan, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Jiri Hudler, Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Miller, Gustav Nyquist, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Cory Schneider, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, P.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.

In operation since 1936 and celebrating its 80th-anniversary season in 2015-16, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.

This news broke as I was on location this afternoon at the Milwaukee Admirals locker room and I had the chance to follow up with head coach Dean Evason as to the health of several of the injured Admirals right now:

Kamenev’s lower-body injury will sideline him for this weekend and the AHL All-Star festivities he was set to take part in. He is possible to return to the lineup when the Admirals do a California road trip next weekend. Jonathan Diaby is currently sidelined due to an upper-body injury and doesn’t have a time table to return at the moment. Trevor Murphy participated in pre-game skate before Saturday’s game in Lake Erie and went a full-session of practice today. He is possible to return this weekend. Viktor Arvidsson missed the last two-games but is probable to return this weekend. He didn’t practice today but is expected to take part on Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions.

Kamenev’s absence in Syracuse now leaves the Admirals with two representatives: Frédérick Gaudreau and Evason who will be acting as the coach of the Central Division All-Stars.

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3 Responses to Kamenev To Miss 2016 AHL All-Star Classic

  1. Steve C says:

    Jusso Saros got the shaft. Instead, Mantioba’s Eric Comrie gets the nod. Saros’ stats are much better than Comrie’s… but oh well…

  2. frontrowjon says:

    Steve honestly I don’t think Saros got shafted he just hasn’t played as many games nor faced as many shots/made as many saves as Comrie. Despite being on one of the weaker teams overall in Manitoba he’s actually playing fairly well. In 8 more starts I believe he’s seen an average of 40 more shots in those games than our guy has. Had Maz really struggled or made Nashville’s opening night and Saros had been the starter his stats may have been equally or more impressive than the competition.

  3. Steve C says:

    Comrie averages 32 shots per game. Saros averages 29.8 shots per game.

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