Disclaimer: I have not been watching the Stockton Heat’s games. I’ve been following them by following their Twitter, constantly refreshing box scores during games, and getting texts from my season ticket holder friend when there’s a home game. (According to her Hunter Shinkaruk is too good for the AHL, and Oliver Kylington looks great out there, both offensively and defensively.)
(Side note on that: I am very seriously considering heading on down and watching them in person for a game or two, so that might be something neat to look forward to on this blog later.)
And while it’s early in the season yet, there’s plenty to like from afar about the Heat, and no doubt some of these numbers translate to on the ice – even if we are seeing some early season skewing effects. So to cheer ourselves up, let’s see what’s looking good numerically in the AHL.
- With a winning percentage of .688, the Heat are currently second in their division, third in their conference, and sixth in the league.
- The Heat have scored 37 goals. That’s tied for third in the AHL, although the team they’re tied with – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – has played two more games than they have.
- The Heat have surrendered 24 goals. That’s tied for seventh best in the AHL, although the teams they’re tied with – the Toronto Marlies and the Hershey Bears – have played two more games each.
- The Heat currently have a goal differential of +13. That’s the second best goal differential in the AHL, behind only the Penguins, who somehow have a goal differential of +22.
- With 140 PIM, the Heat are tied with the Tucson Roadrunners for 13th most penalty minutes in the league.
- The Heat have scored nine powerplay goals. Their powerplay currently sits at 22.5%, eighth in the AHL. They have surrendered one shorthanded goal.
- The Heat have scored two shorthanded goals themselves. Their penalty kill is at 83.3%, 14th in the AHL. They have been shorthanded 42 times: 18th in the league.
- Morgan Klimchuk and Mark Jankowski lead the Heat in scoring with 10 points each: Klimchuk in seven games, Jankowski in eight. That’s tied for 16th in the AHL, between them and 11 other players.
- Klimchuk leads with five goals. That’s tied for ninth in the AHL with a ton of other dudes. He has played fewer games than all of them.
- Andrew Mangiapane is right behind them; he has nine points in seven games. Linden Vey has nine in eight.
- The Heat have six players who are a point per game or more to start the season: those four, plus Matt Frattin and Hunter Shinkaruk.
- Garnet Hathaway and Emile Poirier both have six points each.
- Jankowski is tied with Kevin Labanc (Mangiapane’s former linemate with the Barrie Colts) and Jack Roslovic for a three-way tie for third in AHL rookie scoring. Labanc has played six games, Roslovic 10. The top rookie scorers have 12 and 11 points in 10 and 11 games respectively.
- Mangiapane and his nine points are part of a cluster of five players who are all tied for sixth in rookie scoring, though Mangiapane has played fewer games than the rest of them.
- Oliver Kylington and Rasmus Andersson both lead the Heat in scoring with six points in eight games each. Kylington has a goal and five assists; Andersson has six assists. They’re both tied for 19th in league-wide defencemen scoring.
- Andersson is tied for third in rookie defencemen scoring.
- Frattin leads the team with 25 shots. Poirier is in second with 22, so reports of his demise might be a little exaggerated; he’s shooting at 9%, while Klimchuk is at 36%. Mangiapane has 20, and he’s played one fewer game than most everyone else.
- Jon Gillies has fallen off a bit, with a .901 SV%. That’s 13th in rookie goalies league-wide, but he’s played more games than just about everybody above him, and has faced the fourth most shots out of all rookie goalies.