What a remarkable transformation Anton Lander has undergone in one years time. So much so that I legitimately found it odd that he was used in the minors moreso than the majors in a post-lockout hockey world. And he continues to prove he’s an above level AHL player. Evidence is found within the three game span of insanity he played this week. Three games, four goals (including one hat trick), four assists, a +6. That’s a crazy good pace.
What’s interesting is that he seems to clearly benefit from really good linemates – Teemu Hartikainen and Toni Rajala in particular. But there’s also the time he spent with Kristians Pelss, whom prior to injury, was a dandy of a prospect much as Rajala has been in 2012-13.
Nonetheless, great news for Anton who had a dynamite week, and helped put the Barons back in the playoff conversation which had only days before been a pipe dream.
Congrats, Mr. Lander
Oklahoma City Barons center Anton Lander was named the CCM / American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending March 31, the league’s front office announced today.
Lander, a 6-0, 194-pounder from Sundsvall, Sweden racked up eight points and a plus-6 rating in three games last week, including a record-setting performance on Saturday night.
Entering the week with 11 points in 42 AHL games this season, Lander scored a goal on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City’s 3-2 shootout loss at Chicago. He notched an assist on Friday to help the Barons to a 4-2 win at Peoria, then had a career night on Saturday in Rockford. Lander posted his first hat trick as a professional and also added three assists, setting both a franchise record and an AHL season high for points in a game (six) as Oklahoma City defeated the IceHogs, 7-3.