Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gustafsson an All-Star 1/17

For the fourth straight season, the Adirondack Phantoms will have but one representative in the American Hockey League's All-Star Classic.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson was named to the AHL's Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2013 event, to be held Jan. 27-28 in Providence, R.I.

The 24-year-old Swede posted three goals and 11 assists in 24 games with the Phantoms and his 14 points are tops among active Phantoms players, even though he has missed the past month with an ankle injury he suffered Dec. 14.

Earlier Thursday, Gustafsson said he hoped to be back on the ice Monday. If he is not healthy or opts out of the event, he will be replaced by another Phantoms player.

If Gustafsson does play, it will be his second appearance in an AHL All-Star Game. He played in the 2011 event in Hershey, Pa., in the midst of a rookie season during which he posted 49 points in 72 games. There, he won the puck-handling contest in a skills competition held the day before the game.

Gustafsson, a 24-year-old Northern Michigan University product, has recorded 87 points in 129 career AHL games. He has also played in 33 NHL games, including 30 last season, and recored five points.

Other players to represent the Adirondack Phantoms in AHL All-Star games include Michael Leighton last year in Atlantic City, N.J. and Jon Matsumoto at the 2010 event in Portland, Maine.

Phantoms defenseman Danny Syvret played for the Philadelphia Phantoms in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game in Worcester, Mass. Goaltender Brian Boucher, assigned to the Phantoms Thursday afternoon, was a 1998 AHL All-Star and represented the Philadelphia Phantoms in Syracuse.

Brayden Schenn (33 points) and Sean Couturier (28) were Adirondack's other candidates for All-Star nominations, but they were called up to the Philadelphia Flyers when the NHL lockout ended.

In other All-Star news, the ECHL removed Marcel Noebels from the roster for its All-Star game and replaced him with another player. Noebels has been with the Phantoms all month and is unlikely to be sent to the ECHL, as the Phantoms are down to 12 healthy forwards and utility man Zack FitzGerald.

The full AHL All-Star rosters are below:


Robin Lehner, Binghamton Senators
Curtis McElhinney, Springfield Falcons
Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins

Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch
Andre Benoit, Binghamton Senators
Matt Donovan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Tim Erixon, Springfield Falcons
Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack Phantoms
Tomas Kundratek, Hershey Bears
Zach Redmond, St. John's IceCaps
David Rundblad, Portland Pirates

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons
Beau Bennett, W-B/Scranton Penguins
Alexandre Bolduc, Portland Pirates
Chris Bourque, Providence Bruins
Bobby Butler, Albany Devils
Peter Holland, Norfolk Admirals
Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch
Tim Kennedy, Worcester Sharks
Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale
Nino Niederreiter, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Richard Panik, Syracuse Crunch
Tyler Toffoli, Manchester Monarchs
Trent Whitfield, Providence Bruins ("C")


Barry Brust, Abbotsford Heat
Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins
Justin Peters, Charlotte Checkers

Victor Bartley, Milwaukee Admirals
Chad Billins, Grand Rapids Griffins
Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs
Mark Cundari, Peoria Rivermen
Michal Jordan, Charlotte Checkers
Mike Kostka, Toronto Marlies
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans
Jamie Oleksiak, Texas Stars

Andrew Agozzino, Lake Erie Monsters
Mark Arcobello, Oklahoma City Barons
Matt Fraser, Texas Stars
Brendan Gallagher, Hamilton Bulldogs
Ryan Hamilton, Toronto Marlies
Quintin Laing, Abbotsford Heat ("C")
Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins
Kevin Porter, Rochester Americans
Martin St. Pierre, Rockford IceHogs
Mike Sgarbossa, Lake Erie Monsters
Drew Shore, San Antonio Rampage
Brett Sterling, Chicago Wolves
Jason Zucker, Houston Aeros


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