Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rising stars 1/23

The American Hockey League has announced some changes to the rosters for its upcoming All-Star Classic, but defenseman Erik Gustafsson is still the only Adirondack Phantoms player listed on the Eastern Conference roster.

Gustafsson, who was also named an AHL All-Star in 2011, posted 14 points in 24 games for the Phantoms this season. But he has been out of the line-up since Dec. 14, when he blocked a shot and injured his ankle in a game against Syracuse. The defenseman resumed skating this week and has said he hopes to participate in the event, set for Sunday and Monday in Providence, R.I. If he can not play, the league will name another Phantom in his place.

Some of the replacement players were announced Wednesday.

Norfolk Admirals forward Emerson Etem, Binghamton Senators defenseman Eric Gryba, Syracuse Crunch defenseman Radko Gudas, Worcester Sharks forward Bracken Kearns, St. John’s IceCaps defenseman Derek Meech, Providence Bruins forward Jamie Tardif and Hershey Bears forward Jeff Taffe have been added to the Eastern Conference team. Hamilton Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont, Toronto Marlies forward Matt Frattin and Chicago Wolves defenseman Brad Hunt have joined the Western Conference squad.

They will replace 10 players who are either currently on NHL rosters or have recently missed time with injures, making them unavailable. They are Binghamton’s Andre Benoit, Portland’s Alexandre Bolduc, Providence’s Chris Bourque, Norfolk’s Peter Holland, Worcester’s Tim Kennedy and Hershey’s Tomas Kundratek in the Eastern Conference and St. John’s Zach Redmond and Hamilton’s Brendan Gallagher, Toronto’s Mike Kostka and Chicago’s Brett Sterling in the Western Conference.

The updated AHL All-Star rosters are below. In other news, Brayden Schenn was suspended one game for charging New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Tuesday night.


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

Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch
Matt Donovan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Tim Erixon, Springfield Falcons
Eric Gryba, Binghamton Senators
Radko Gudas, Syracuse Crunch
Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack Phantoms
Derek Meech, St. John's IceCaps
David Rundblad, Portland Pirates

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons
Beau Bennett, W-B/Scranton Penguins
Bobby Butler, Albany Devils
Emerson Etem, Norfolk Admirals
Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch
Bracken Kearns, Worcester Sharks
Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale
Nino Niederreiter, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Richard Panik, Syracuse Crunch
Jeff Taffe, Hershey Bears
Jamie Tardif, Providence Bruins
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
Brad Hunt, Chicago Wolves
Michal Jordan, Charlotte Checkers
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans
Jamie Oleksiak, Texas Stars

Andrew Agozzino, Lake Erie Monsters
Mark Arcobello, Oklahoma City Barons
Gabriel Dumont, Hamilton Bulldogs
Matt Fraser, Texas Stars
Matt Frattin, Toronto Marlies
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
Jason Zucker, Houston Aeros

More after tonight's game in Connecticut.
-- MC


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