Since there is no ECHL All-Star Game in 2016, Team Sin Bin and ECHL writers from all across North America came together to pick our own Sin Bin All-Star Teams for 2015-16 season. After tabulating all of the votes, here are our picks for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team:
Shane Berschbach – Toledo Walleye
Despite the number of callups the Walleye have had the last two years, Berschbach has remained the one steadying force on the team. The Walleye forward makes our All-Star team on a nine-game point streak where he has collected 16 points (7G, 9A). Berschbach is just as dangerous on the power-play, collecting 12 points (3G, 9A) so far this season, which puts him in the top in in league scoring on the man-advantage.
Jarrett Burton – Wheeling Nailers
Burton is enjoying his best season as a professional. Burton’s best month so far this season came in November, when he collected 13 points (5G, 8A) in 13 games. Like Berschbach, Burton is dangerous on the power play. So far this season, he has 11 points on the man-advantage and is tied for 14th in the ECHL for power play assists with eight.
Justin Crandall – Reading Royals
Crandall has been an incredible find for Royals Head Coach Larry Courville. The Lakeville, MN rookie is tied for the lead in scoring for first year players and 10th in overall scoring in the ECHL with 38 points in 35 games. He also leads rookies in power-play assists (9), and points (14).
Eric Faille – Orlando Solar Bears
Faille is currently up in the American League with the Toronto Marlies, but his accomplishments on the ECHL level should be recognized. In 36 games, Faille has 39 points, which is in a three-way tie for fourth in league scoring. With his 17 goals on the season, Faille is in a four-way tie for fifth in the ECHL.
Derek Nesbitt – Atlanta Gladiators
The Gladiators’ turn around this season would not be possible without the leadership and scoring from team captain Derek Nesbitt. The eight-year AHL veteran leads the ECHL in goals (22) and game-winning goals (7) In addition, Nesbitt sits in a three-way tie for fourth in total points (39).
Matt Willows – Florida Everblades
Like Crandall, Willows has been a very good find for his coach Greg Poss and the Everblades. He is tied with Crandall for the rookie scoring lead with 38 points, leads rookies in goals with 15 and is third in assists with 23. Given the depth of scoring in the Everblades organization, it may not be long before Willows is called-up to the AHL.
Adam Comrie – Reading Royals
Comrie leads all defenseman in goals (15) and points (34). His stellar play this season has been rewarded with a call-up to Lehigh Valley in the AHL. If Reading is going to come out of that tough East division, they’ll need a guy like Comrie to lean on.
Marc Nemec – Florida Everblades
With the Missouri Mavericks getting the overwhelming share of the early season chatter, the Florida Everblades have been running roughshot over the Eastern Conference but with less fanfare. The offense for Florida is explosive, but their defense has been just as stout, led by Nemec who is an astounding +24.
Matt Register – Atlanta Gladiators
Register has been one of the most solid defensemen in the ECHL over the last few years, and this season is no different. Atlanta is playing some great hockey, due in large part to their power play unit, in which Register has five goals.
Mike Vernace – Brampton Beast
It’s been a rough first year behind the bench for Colin Chaulk, and there hasn’t been much to get excited about, with one of the lone exceptions being Vernace. He is the active leader in points for the Beast, and one of only two players to have a plus rating.
Daniel Altshuller – Florida Everblades
Altshuller was nearly left off of the ballot for not appearing in enough games, but the impact that he had prior to being called up to the AHL (and eventually the NHL) was far too impressive to not give him the honors that he deserves. His 1.58 GAA and .941 save percentage were tops in the league, and he’s performed well at the next level, sporting a 1.71 GAA and .941 save percentage with the Charlotte Checkers. We may have seen the last of Altshuller at the AA level.
Jeff Lerg – Toledo Walleye
He might only be 5’6″, but the guy plays like a giant. After a career year in 2014-15, Lerg is playing at even higher level this season, on pace to break his personal bests in wins, goals against average, and save percentage.
Greg Poss – Florida Everblades
The Everblades have been the atop the Eastern Conference for the majority of the first half, and trail only the Missouri Mavericks in winning percentage, standings points, goals scored per game, goals allowed, and goal differential. Through five-and-a-half seasons in Southwest Florida, Poss has compiled a 230-132-12-27 record and has won a Kelly Cup championship.