Anton Lander and Brad Hunt Named To AHL All-Star Team

Anton Lander and Brad Hunt have spent time with the Edmonton Oilers this season. For Brad Hunt it came near the beginning of the season where eleven games yielded three points, but some stubbly defense. For Anton Lander, his NHL minutes are just beginning. He has two assists in four games, and doesn’t completely look like a fish out of water.

Both have spent time in the AHL this season, and both have had truly remarkable first-halves. Both highly score savvy, and quickened by a solid team – Anton Lander and Brad Hunt will represent the Oklahoma City Barons at this year’s AHL All-Star Game in Utica January 25-26.

Hunt’s 22 points in 20 games puts him near the top of the league in points scored by defensemen. Likewise, Anton Lander has 31 points in 29 games which has him at a record-setting pace for his career totals.

Congratulations to both of them.

As an aside, Jason Williams was omitted from the team despite having the exact same number of points as Lander. Not to be entirely political here, but Anton gets the go-ahead because he’s younger (by nearly 11 years). Thus the league shines brightly for the future, and so the future they’ll get. Yet, if Lander is unavailable to play (assuming he’s in the NHL) I’m anxious to see if the league places Williams in Utica or will they try to pull more from the prospect well? Unsure at this moment.

Here are both the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams in their entirety:

East

G Anton Forsberg, Springfield Falcons (1st appearance) — 16-4-0, 1.93, .931, 2 SO
G Connor Hellebuyck, St. John’s IceCaps (1st) — 13-9-2, 2.54, .923, 2 SO
G Jeff Zatkoff, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2nd) — 11-6-2, 1.69, .932, 3 SO

D Austin Madaisky, Springfield Falcons (1st) — 36gp, 9-20-29, +6
D Brandon Manning, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2nd) — 31gp, 6-17-23, +3
D Colin Miller, Manchester Monarchs (1st) — 29gp, 7-15-22, +3
D Nikita Nesterov, Syracuse Crunch (1st) — 32gp, 3-11-14, +4
D Derrick Pouliot, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (1st) — 23gp, 7-13-20, E
D Ryan Pulock, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1st) — 29gp, 12-5-17, -1
D Matt Taormina, Worcester Sharks (1st) — 33gp, 4-13-17, -5
D Chris Wideman, Binghamton Senators (1st) — 32gp, 12-17-29, +6

F Alexandre Bolduc, Portland Pirates (1st) — 27gp, 10-11-21, E
F Chris Bourque, Hartford Wolf Pack (3rd) — 33gp, 14-16-30, +4
F Tim Kennedy, Hershey Bears (1st) — 34gp, 2-25-27, -1
F Alexander Khokhlachev, Providence Bruins (1st) — 27gp, 7-18-25, +1
F Tom Kostopoulos (“C”), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2nd) — 33gp, 6-11-17, +5
F Vladislav Namestnikov, Syracuse Crunch (1st) — 14gp, 7-8-15, -1
F Brian O’Neill, Manchester Monarchs (1st) — 34gp, 10-32-42, +17
F David Pastrnak, Providence Bruins (1st) — 24gp, 10-17-27, +14
F Nick Shore, Manchester Monarchs (1st) — 34gp, 19-19-38, +23
F Chris Wagner, Norfolk Admirals (1st) — 21gp, 9-8-17, -7
F Jordan Weal, Manchester Monarchs (1st) — 34gp, 11-22-33, +4
F Joe Whitney, Albany Devils (2nd) — 32gp, 13-19-32, +4

West

G Magnus Hellberg, Milwaukee Admirals (1st appearance) — 7-4-2, 1.89, .928, 1 SO
G Jacob Markstrom, Utica Comets (1st) — 10-2-1, 1.91, .932, 4 SO
G Joni Ortio, Adirondack Flames (1st) — 16-8-1, 2.54, .915, 3 SO

D T.J. Brennan, Rockford IceHogs (2nd) — 36gp, 7-21-28, +15
D Matt Dumba, Iowa Wild (1st) — 14gp, 3-8-11, +3
D Stefan Elliott, Lake Erie Monsters (1st) — 33gp, 9-11-20, +3
D Maxime Fortunus (“C”), Texas Stars (1st) — 33gp, 4-9-13, -9
D Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons (2nd) — 20gp, 7-15-22, +9
D Ryan Murphy, Charlotte Checkers (1st) — 23gp, 0-17-17, -7
D Xavier Ouellet, Grand Rapids Griffins (1st) — 21gp, 1-7-8, +5
D Bobby Sanguinetti, Utica Comets (3rd) — 27gp, 8-9-17, +16

F Connor Brown, Toronto Marlies (1st) — 35gp, 9-19-28, +6
F Bobby Butler, San Antonio Rampage (3rd) — 31gp, 14-17-31, -1
F Charles Hudon, Hamilton Bulldogs (1st) — 35gp, 10-23-33, +6
F Anton Lander, Oklahoma City Barons (1st) — 29gp, 9-22-31, +8
F Travis Morin, Texas Stars (2nd) — 23gp, 10-14-24, -1
F Joakim Nordstrom, Rockford IceHogs (1st) — 17gp, 8-5-13, +2
F Cal O’Reilly, Utica Comets (3rd) — 34gp, 4-26-30, -1
F Emile Poirier, Adirondack Flames (1st) — 28gp, 10-10-20, +5
F Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins (1st) — 32gp, 19-19-38, E
F Ty Rattie, Chicago Wolves (1st) — 35gp, 15-8-23, +4
F Drew Shore, San Antonio Rampage (2nd) — 33gp, 9-21-30, +1
F Phil Varone, Rochester Americans (1st) — 35gp, 8-21-29, -3