After an impressive playoff run with the New York Rangers last spring, Chris Kreider is off to a bit of a slow start in the AHL. Through four games with the Connecticut Whale, Kreider has registered no goals and two assists on twelve shots, and is minus two with a team leading 23 penalty minutes. Fifteen of those penalty minutes came in Friday night's game against Norfolk, where Kreider was assessed a boarding major and a game misconduct for a hit on Brandon McMillan. As a result the AHL has suspended Kreider for one game. He'll sit out tomorrow night's game against Albany.
By missing that game, Kreider misses out on a potential match-up against former teammate Joe Whitney. After missing the Devils' first two games of the season, Whitney got into last Saturday's game against Worcester. Whitney recorded an assist and two penalty minutes and finished at plus one.
For Worcester, Nick Petrecki has skated in all four games without recording a point. He's currently at a minus three, with four shots, and eighteen penalty minutes - good for second on the team.
Krys Kolanos, scorer of the OT winner in the 2001 National Championship Game, has skated in two of the Abbotsford Heat's four games, notching a goal and an assist on ten shots and is minus two.
Barry Almeida has a goal on four shots and is plus one with two penalty minutes while skating in all four Hershey Bears games thus far.
Almeida's fellow alternate captain on last year's National Champions, Paul Carey, has played in all five of Lake Erie's games and has a goal and three assists on eleven shots, while skating to a plus one rating.
Cam Atkinson is tied for second in scoring with Springfield, with a goal and three assists through four games. He's recorded eight shots, a plus two, and two penalty minutes.
Both Ben Smith and Jimmy Hayes have played in all five Rockford games thus far. Hayes has two goals on sixteen shots, with no penalty minutes and an even plus/minus. Smith has been held off the score sheet on ten shots with four penalty minutes and a minus one, but he got to spend some quality time with his folks over the weekend at least.
Finally, a whopping five former Eagles are on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster. Brian Dumoulin has made his professional debut by skating in all four games thus far. His two assists have him tied for the team lead in points, while recording one shot, four penalty minutes, and a minus two.
Benn Ferriero is also tied for the team lead in point with two assists on seven shots, four penalty minutes, and a minus one. Brian Gibbons has also appeared in all four games, scoreless with a minus three and seven shots.
Philip Samuelsson has appeared in three contests, scoreless with two penalty minutes, two shots, and a minus two. And Carl Sneep, after being a healthy scratch for the first three games, made his debut Sunday night and was even with no points, penalties, or shots.