Chirps from Center Ice

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Goodwill: O’Neill Added to AHL All-Star Classic

It was announced Saturday morning that Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins defenseman Will O’Neill was added to the AHL All-Star team for the Atlantic Division. O’Neill will replace Penguins winger Dominik Simon, who will miss the games due to injury.

O’Neill has nine points in his last ten games. While he may not have had All Star quality like numbers when the teams were announced a few weeks ago, he has been producing like an All-Star of recent.

O’Neill’s addition gives the Atlantic Division one extra defensemen by my count. Here’s the team as of about 1 p.m. Saturday…

G: Mike McMeknna, Portland Pirates
G: Anthony Stolarz, Lehigh Valley Phantoms

D: Connor Carrick, Hershey Bears
D: Cameron Gaunce, Portland Pirates
D: Ryan Graves, Hartford Wolf Pack
D: Ryan Pulock, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
D: Will O’Neill, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

F: Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears
F: Nick Cousins, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
F: Seth Griffith, Providence Bruins
F: Dustin Jeffrey, Springfield Falcons
F: Alexander Khokhlachev, Providence Bruins
F Rob Schremp, Portland Pirates

When they put these plans together, teams were supposed to be comprised of seven forwards and four defensemen. Unless I am missing something, it looks like the Atlantic will be the only division with the extra defenseman.

The Gameday setup for the rematch with Lehigh Valley will be up on the blog at 3 p.m. today.

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