Last season, Turner Elson had a hard time sticking in the American Hockey League.
It was his first year in the pro ranks and like many players, he struggled with the transition. He ended up playing 37 games for the Abbotsford Heat before heading to the ECHL to suit up for the Alaska Aces for 18 regular season games and 21 postseason outings.
This year, it is a different story.
The 22-year-old has dressed for 22 games with the Adirondack Flames and has been playing at a dependable, steady clip. Elson's offensive game has also been coming along and this past week, he potted two goals and registered three points in three games.
On Thursday, he picked up an assist on Max Reinhart's first goal in a 3-2 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs. The next night, Elson scored two goals - including the game-winner - in a 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. He wrapped up the week by firing three shots on net in Adirondack's 2-1 win over the Iowa Wild on Sunday.
Elson now has four goals and nine points on the year. He signed a three-year, two-way contract with the Flames as on Sept. 22, 2011.