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Jeff Zatkoff and Derrick Pouliot Named AHL All-Stars

It was announced at 3 p.m. Wilkes-Barre time that Jeff Zatkoff and Derrick Pouliot were named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic to be played January 25 and 26 in Utica, New York. The duo join Tom Kostopoulous, who was named playing captain a few weeks back.

Jeff Zatkoff has been the best goaltender in the AHL and recently has been playing in front of a Wilkes-Barre team stripped of usual names like Farnham, Harrington, Rust and Wilson. That he has been able put up a 11-6-2 record with a 1.69 GAA and a .932 save percentage with three shutouts is a remarkable feat. It would have been a crime and a joke if he wasn’t named to the team.

Derrick Pouliot is a bit a surprise to me, but not so much because the AHL touts itself about being a league where the stars of tomorrow play today. Pouliot is currently on NHL recall to Pittsburgh. If he doesn’t get re-assigned back to Wilkes-Barre, another defenseman from another team will take his place.

Couple of quick observations. Wilkes-Barre is sending three players, the most since 2009, to Utica. No one else in the division between Hershey, Binghamton, Lehigh Valley and Norfolk is sending anymore than one. What does that say about the East Division these days?

How about Manchester? They are sending four players, three forwards and a defenseman. They could have easily sent G Jean-Francois Berube too.

Here’s the League release, followed by the one from Coal Street.

If you missed the Norfolk Gameday setup, scroll down one or click here if you linked in direct.

More after the game……

One response to “Jeff Zatkoff and Derrick Pouliot Named AHL All-Stars

  1. Matt Fiedler January 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Manchester’s entire first line made the all star team. Weal, O’Neill and Shore are filthy.