The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch left wing Cory Conacher was selected the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 14, 2012.
The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect picked up where he left off last season when he was named the AHL’s Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Rookie. During the league’s opening weekend, Conacher potted two goals and added three assists. His center, Tyler Johnson, had three goals, and his opposite winger, Ondrej Palat, had three helpers over the weekend.
As a rookie in 2011-12, Conacher led the AHL with 39 goals and ranked second with 80 points in the regular season, then added two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 18 playoff games to help Norfolk win the Calder Cup.
Conacher was a free agent signee of the Lightning last March. He is the Lightning’s No. 4 prospect according to BoltProspects.com.
The ongoing NHL lockout robbed Conacher of a chance of making the Lightning out of camp. He was one of a handful of candidates expected to compete for one or two spots. His audition will last as long as the lockout and when (if) it finally ends, he could be called up to Tampa Bay and join the Bolts. Conacher projects as a scoring forward at the NHL level. Despite his small size (5’9″), he has the grit, tenacity, and character to make at the NHL level.
For winning this week’s AHL Player of the Week, the league will present Conacher with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Crunch home game.