Sunday, February 5, 2012

Keith Aucoin, AHL Assist Machine

33 year old Keith Aucoin was recalled by the Washington Capitals on Feb 2, and has played two games for the big club this past weekend. It's unclear whether or not he'll remain with the Caps much longer, but personally I'm hoping he gets sent back to Hershey of the AHL, and soon.

Before his recall, Aucoin had compiled 11 goals and 59 assists for 70 points in only 43 games played. He is well within reach of breaking the AHL record for assists in a season and of becoming only the fourth man in either the NHL or AHL to top 100 helpers in a single year.
The current AHL record was set by George "Red" Sullivan in 1953/54 when he notched 89 assists for the same Hershey Bears.

So far Aucoin has now missed a total of four of Hershey's games this year and they have 33 games remaining. If he were returned now, his pace put's him at an amazing 104 assists in 76 games. Aucoin has already topped the 70 assist mark three times in the AHL and has 420 helpers in 413 career AHL games. Since Nov. 23 with Hershey he has 42 assists in 27 games, or
a ridiculous 1.56 per game.

Obviously the Capitals are hoping Aucoin can provide some of these playmaking skills in the NHL, but the fact that he has played just over 21 minutes combined in two games shows he may be heading back to the "A" soon and a shot at history.

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