Brad Hunt Named First Team AHL All-Star

Brad Hunt, defenseman for the Oklahoma City Barons and occasionally the Edmonton Oilers, has been named first team AHL All-Star for the season of 2014-15. In 57 AHL appearances this season he earned seventeen goals and 31 assists which places him second in defensive scoring. Chris Wideman is the other first team defender, and he remains the lone blue-liner ahead of Hunt (54 points in seventy games).

I get it, I really do, it is easy for voters to name Hunt and Wideman defensive first team when all these guys do is score goals. A) It is hard to actually grade defenders on other teams based on play when it is difficult to catch those games (live streaming still expensive, and rough). B) Evaluating defenders is just easier when you look at goals and assists. “More data! We need more data,” cries can be heard from my rooftop. Indeed, the way of analytics has yet to seep into the AHL game leaving most of us to fend for ourselves (myself included).

The irony is that Hunt isn’t even the best defender on his team, let alone one of the best in the AHL. But credit where credit is due, the man scores goals, and the Barons have needed goals in a bad way. We will take them. I just continue to wonder what “good defenseman” means these days.

Nonetheless, this is a good thing for Brad Hunt, and MacTavis

Full AHL 1st and 2nd team list:

2014-15 AHL First All-Star Team
Goaltender – Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
(38gp, 24-9-3, 1.50gaa, .943sv%, 12so)
Defense – Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons
(57gp, 17+31=48pts., -6, 8 PPG)
Defense – Chris Wideman, Binghamton Senators
(70gp, 17+37=54pts., +5, 7 PPG, 3 GWG)
Left Wing – Chris Bourque, Hartford Wolf Pack
(67gp, 27+32=59pts., +2, 10 PPG)
Center – Andy Miele, Grand Rapids Griffins
(66gp, 24+43=67pts., +12, 8 PPG, 4 GWG)
Right Wing – Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins
(46gp, 34+27=61pts., +1, 10 PPG, 6 GWG)

2014-15 AHL Second All-Star Team
Goaltender – Jacob Markstrom, Utica Comets
(28gp, 19-7-2, 1.91gaa, .932sv%, 5so)
Defense – Colin Miller, Manchester Monarchs
(65gp, 17+30=47pts., +8, 10 PPG, 3 GWG)
Defense – Bobby Sanguinetti, Utica Comets
(58gp, 16+22=38pts., +22, 6 PPG, 6 GWG)
Left Wing – Shane Prince, Binghamton Senators
(67gp, 25+34=59pts., +6, 9 PPG, 5 GWG)
Center – Jordan Weal, Manchester Monarchs
(70gp, 19+46=65pts., +7, 8 PPG, 6 GWG)
Right Wing – Brian O’Neill, Manchester Monarchs
(66gp, 22+52=74pts., +25, 9 PPG, 7 GWG)