Today the AHL announced that three of the Providence Bruins have made the AllStar Roster for the Eastern Conference. While there is no question that Chris Bourque should be on the list along with Niklas Svedberg, one has to ponder the reasons as to Trent Whitfield making the ballet. From a strictly statistical standpoint, there were a few other candidates that were far more deserving such as team leaders Ryan Spooner and Jamie Tardif. However, the general assumption would be that it is “Trent’s House” seems as he is the Captain of the Providence Bruins and the Dunk is his teams’ home.
Chris Bourque is more than deserving of the opportunity to participate in the event as he has been among the top points leaders since the beginning of the season, making a name for himself as more than just Ray Bourque’s son. In 32 games with the Providence Bruins Bourque has posted 8 goals and 20 assists for a team high of 28 points. He is also sporting a +2 and filling a third line roster spot throughout the Boston Bruins training camp.
Niklas Svedberg has stepped between the pipes for Providence for 23 games, easily becoming one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League. He sports a 15-6-1 record, .920 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average. Not bad for a rookie goaltender.
Captain Trent Whitfield appeared in five games for the Bruins to start the season before being sidelined with an injury. He made his debut back against the Portland Pirates where he was able to record his first point of the season and go on to post a goal and another assist for a total of three on the season through eleven contests.
The AHL All-Star Skills Competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28.