ALLEN, Texas – If you follow AHL transactions you undoubtedly noticed how defenseman Nick Boka arrived in Allen. He was signed to an ATO (Amateur Tryout) contract by Iowa on March 15, released from the ATO on March 29 and then signed to an ATO by Allen. Boka was drafted by the Minnesota Wild (2015 sixth round) so I am sure this was all orchestrated by the NHL club.

It looks to me like another defenseman has been or will be signed to an ATO by Allen. According to AHL transactions, defenseman Jake Sadek, drafted in the sixth round (2015) by the Minnesota Wild, signed an ATO with the Iowa Wild last Friday and then was released from the ATO on Sunday without playing in a single game. Since the Wild can’t assign a player on an ATO to Allen, this process of releasing them and then having Allen sign them is the paper process used. As of this writing, nothing has been announced but I would be surprised if he hasn’t been signed to an ATO with the Americans.

– Games missed because of injuries this season is now well over 400 and counting. As a reminder here is a list of missing players: Zabotel, Frazee, Gunn, Doty, J. Thrower, D. Thrower, Lang, Maloney, and Sundher.

– Haven’t done this for a while so thought it might be instructive to take a look at Allen’s stats leaders with two games remaining in the season. Below are the team leaders in various statistical categories with the league rank in parentheses:

60 – Dante Salituro (19th)
58 – Zach Pochiro (28th)
47 – Spencer Asuchak (69th)
47 – Adam Miller (69th)

34 – Zach Pochiro (3rd)
22 – Dante Salituro (41st)
20 – Braylon Shmyr (58th)

38 – Dante Salituro (12th)
31 – Adam Miller (52nd)
29 – Spencer Asuchak (68th)

Plus/Minus: (Games played for Allen)
+10 – Riley Bourbonnais (90th)
+6 – Nick Boka (145th)
+2 – Ben Owen (252nd)

Penalty Minutes:
238 – Curt Gogol (3rd)
123 – Zach Pochiro (26th)
120 – David Makowski (28th)

Fighting Majors:
13 – Jake Doty (8th)
12 – Curt Gogol (9th)
5 – Josh Thrower (43rd)

Shots On Goal:
216 – Zach Pochiro (14th)
197 – Dante Salituro (23rd)
182 – David Makowski (39th)

Points by Defensemen:
39 – Alex Breton (2nd)
32 – David Makowski (25th)
28 – Joel Chouinard (35th)

Goals by Defensemen:
14 – Alex Breton (5th)
11 – David Makowski (13th)
6-    Joel Chouinard (44th)

Assists by Defensemen:
25 – Alex Breton (21st)
22 – Joel Chouinard (33rd)
21 – Josh Atkinson (38th)
21 – David Makowski (38th)

Save Percentage:
.910 – C.J. Motte (9th)
.890 – Lukas Hafner (32nd)

– Several teams have already announced their first home playoff dates. All four playoff teams have been decided in the Mountain Division and the top two seeds will be Tulsa and Idaho. It is still to be determined who is #1 and #2.

Tulsa will open the playoffs at home on April 11 and 14 against either Kansas City or Utah. Idaho will start the playoffs at home on April 12 and 13 against either Kansas City or Utah.

If the playoffs started today Tulsa would be first-seed and play fourth-seeded Kansas City, while second-seed Idaho would play the three-seed, Utah. The odds are the final standings will be the same as they are today. Tonight, Tulsa is in Kansas City to play the Mavericks. If Tulsa can win that game, they will lock Kansas City into the fourth-seed and extend the Oilers division lead over Idaho to three points with three games remaining.

Did You Know?

NHL superstar Connor McDavid has at least one point in an NHL high 85% of the games he has played this season. Allen’s best is just over 60%. Three Allen Americans have at least one point in over 60% of their games played.

64.3% – Riley Bourbonnais (18 of 28)
62.3% – Zach Pochiro (38 of 61)
60.9% – Dante Salituro (39 of 64)

Please consider becoming a Patron as a way to say thanks and support us for what we do!