Verbatim: League names all-ECHL first, second teams
The ECHL issued this news release today:
PRINCETON, N.J. : The ECHL on Thursday announced its All-ECHL First and Second Teams for 2017-18 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media, who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards.
2017-18 All-ECHL First Team
G : Parker Milner, South Carolina Stingrays (36 gp, 26-7-3, 1.88 GAA, .929 save pct.) D : David Makowski, Allen Americans (56 gp, 10g, 43a, 53 pts., +23) D : Matt Register, Colorado Eagles (70 gp, 16g, 48a, 64 pts., +17) F : Michael Joly, Colorado Eagles (50 gp, 39g, 23a, 62 pts., +25) F : Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman, Manchester Monarchs (67 gp, 34g, 37a, 71 pts., +21) F : Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne Komets (62 gp, 30g, 47a, 77 pts., +40)
The ECHL will announce the Community Service Award and Sportsmanship Award winners on Friday.
Parker Milner of the South Carolina Stingrays leads the ECHL with a 1.88 goals-against average, ranks third with a .929 save percentage, is tied for third with 26 wins and is tied for fifth with three shutouts.
David Makowski of the Allen Americans earns All-ECHL First Team honors for the second consecutive season. He is second among blueliners with 43 assists and 53 points while his 19 power-play assists are tied for second among defensemen and his 22 power-play points rank second.
Matt Register of the Colorado Eagles is on the All-ECHL First Team for the fourth time in his career after also receiving the honor in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17. Register leads all ECHL defensemen with 64 points, is tied for second with 16 goals and is tied for third with 22 power-play points.
Michael Joly of the Colorado Eagles leads the ECHL with 39 goals and 11 game-winning goals, is tied for fourth with 11 power-play goals and is tied for 11th with 62 points despite playing in just 50 games.
Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman of the Manchester Monarchs ranks second in the league with 34 goals and is tied for third with 71 points while ranking seventh with 247 shots on goal.
Shawn Szydlowski of the Fort Wayne Komets earns All-ECHL honors for the third time in his career after previously being named to the First Team in 2014-15 and the Second Team in 2015-16. He leads the league with 77 points and a +40 rating, is tied for fourth with six game-winning goals and is tied for eighth with 30 goals.
2017-18 All-ECHL Second Team
G : Pat Nagle, Toledo Walleye (48 gp, 36-5-4, 2.15 GAA, .926 save pct.) D : Eric Knodel, Cincinnati Cyclones (55 gp, 13g, 35a, 48 pts., +1) D : Nolan Zajac, Reading Royals (70 gp, 16g, 27a, 43 pts., -12) F : Justin Danforth, Cincinnati Cyclones (44 gp, 28g, 31a, 59 pts., +26) F : Jesse Schultz, Cincinnati Cyclones (69 gp, 18g, 55a, 73 pts., +11) F : Matt Willows, Reading Royals (70 gp, 30g, 39a, 69 pts., -5)
Pat Nagle of the Toledo Walleye leads the ECHL with 36 wins, ranks second with 2,787 minutes played, third with 1,250 saves, fourth with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage and is tied for fifth with three shutouts. His 36 wins are tied for the third-most in a single-season in ECHL history, and are just two off the all-time mark of 38.
Eric Knodel of the Cincinnati Cyclones is tied for third among league defensemen with 48 points, is tied for fifth with 35 assists and is tied for eighth with 13 goals. Knodel’s 22 power-play assists lead all blueliners while his seven power-play goals are tied for second.
Nolan Zajac of the Reading Royals earns a spot on the All-ECHL Second Team after being named to the All-ECHL Rookie Team in 2016-17. He is tied for second among defensemen with 16 goals and is tied for seventh with 43 points.
Justin Danforth of the Cincinnati Cyclones earns recognition for the second consecutive day after being named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team yesterday. Danforth is second among rookies with 59 points and tied for second with 28 goals despite being recalled to Rochester of the American Hockey League since Feb. 13.
Jesse Schultz of the Cincinnati Cyclones leads the league with 55 assists, 28 power-play assists, and 31 power-play points while his 73 points are second overall.
Matt Willows of the Reading Royals is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 69 points and is tied for eighth with 30 goals while ranking second with 297 shots on goal.