American Hockey League announced today that Peoria Rivermen defenseman Cade Fairchild has been named to the 2011-12
AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of
the league’s 30 member cities. Fairchild
joins Lars Eller (2009-10) as the only Rivermen named to the AHL’s All-Rookie
fourth-round draft choice by the St. Louis Blues in 2007, Fairchild leads all
AHL defensemen with his plus-28 rating, recording an even or better in 53 of
his 63 games played for Peoria. The 21-year-old native of Duluth, Minn., has
also contributed seven goals – including three game-winners – and 25 assists
for 32 points, and had a six-game scoring streak from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3.
who made his NHL debut on Nov. 29 and has skated in five games with St. Louis,
represented the Rivermen at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.
The team consists of one goaltender, two
defensemen and three forwards:
AHL All-Rookie Team
Goaltender - Eddie Pasquale, St. John’s IceCaps (34gp, 21-11-1,
2.36gaa, .913sv%, 4so)
Defenseman - Matt Donovan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (69gp,
Defenseman - Cade Fairchild, Peoria Rivermen (63gp, 7+25=32pts.,
+28, 3 GWG)
Forward - Cory Conacher, Norfolk Admirals (70gp, 34+39=73pts.,
+11, 7 GWG)
Forward - Tyler Johnson, Norfolk Admirals (70gp, 29+35=64pts.,
+13, 5 GWG)
Forward - Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins (56gp,
22+36=58pts., +7, 7 PPG)
Each All-Rookie Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in
recognition of his selection to the 2011-12 AHL All-Rookie Team.
Previous selections to the annual AHL All-Rookie Team include J.S. Giguere
(1998), Zdeno Chara (1998), Brendan Morrison (1998), Marc Savard (1998), Daniel Briere (1998), J.P. Dumont (1999), Dan Boyle (1999), Cory Sarich (1999), Michael Leighton (2002), Barret Jackman (2002), Ron Hainsey (2002), Jason Spezza (2003), Brad Boyes (2003), Cam Ward (2005), Chris Campoli (2005), Thomas Vanek (2005), Rene Bourque (2005), Kevin Bieksa (2005), Jimmy Howard (2006), Dan Girardi (2006), Mike Green (2006),
Ryan Shannon (2006), Jaroslav Halak (2007), Troy Brouwer (2007), Ryan
Callahan (2007), Bobby Ryan (2008), Teddy Purcell (2008), Brian Boyle (2008), Alex Goligoski (2008), Nathan Gerbe (2009), Justin Abdelkader (2009), John Carlson (2010), P.K. Subban (2010), Logan Couture (2010), Lars Eller (2010), Tyler Ennis (2010), Erik Gustafsson (2011), Luke Adam (2011) and Zac Dalpe (2011).
Other members of the 2011-12 AHL All-Rookie Team
Eddie Pasquale, Goaltender (St. John’s IceCaps):
In his first full season in the American Hockey League, Eddie Pasquale has helped the St. John’s IceCaps to the
Atlantic Division title in their inaugural season, leading all AHL rookies in
wins (21-11-1), shutouts (four) and goals-against average (2.36). Pasquale, a
21-year-old Toronto native, won his first six decisions of the season and later
had a seven-game winning streak from Jan. 25 to Feb. 18. He was selected by the
Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Matt Donovan, Defense (Bridgeport Sound Tigers):
An impressive presence on the Bridgeport blue line all season, Matt Donovan turned pro after two seasons at the University
of Denver and is tied for fourth among all AHL defensemen with 42 points (10
goals, 32 assists) in 69 games while posting a plus-9 rating. Donovan, a
21-year-old native of Edmond, Okla., was a 2008 draft pick by the New York
Islanders and made his NHL debut on Apr. 3.
Cory Conacher, Forward (Norfolk Admirals):
After earning an AHL contract with an impressive training camp in Tampa Bay, Cory Conacher has taken the league by storm and helped
Norfolk secure the best record in the Eastern Conference. Conacher leads the
entire league with 34 goals and ranks second with 73 points in 70 games with
the Admirals, including 14 power-play goals and seven game-winners. The
22-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., has had separate scoring streaks of
six, nine and eight games this season, and also had a game-high three points in
the 2012 AHL All-Star Game. Undrafted out of Canisius College, Conacher signed
an NHL deal with the Lightning on Mar. 1.
Tyler Johnson, Forward (Norfolk Admirals):
Second only to teammate Cory Conacher in scoring among AHL rookies, Tyler Johnson has 29 goals, 35 assists and 64 points in 70
games for Norfolk this season. The 21-year-old from Spokane, Wash., has been
the Admirals’ biggest offensive threat during their current 23-game winning
streak, with 36 points and a plus-22 rating during that time. Johnson, who
scored a goal in nine consecutive contests from Mar. 3-24, was named the
Reebok/AHL Player of the Month for March. He signed as a free agent with Tampa
Bay on Mar. 7, 2011.
Gustav Nyquist, Forward (Grand Rapids Griffins):
Grand Rapids’ team scoring leader with 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 56
games, Gustav Nyquist has emerged as the latest in a line of
talented European imports developed by the Detroit Red Wings. The Swedish-born
Nyquist spent three seasons at the University of Maine before making his pro
debut with the Griffins late last year, and he has been steadily consistent
throughout his rookie campaign in 2011-12, only once going more than two games
without a point. Grand Rapids’ representative at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic,
the 22-year-old Nyquist has also skated in 15 NHL contests with Detroit,
notching one goal and six assists.