In conjunction with the American Hockey League, the Toronto Marlies announced Friday that defenceman Derrick Walser has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October.
Walser recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points in eight games to help the Marlies to the best record in the AHL (7-0-0-1). A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Walser is the first player in team history to be recognized as a monthly league award recipient.
Walser notched a point in each of Toronto’s eight games during October, beginning with a goal in the Marlies’ season-opening win over Rochester on October 6. He then matched his AHL career highs with three assists and four points – all in the second period – during a 6-2 win over Lake Erie six nights later. He assisted on the game-winning goal late in the third period of the Marlies’ 5-2 victory against Syracuse on October 28 and netted a pair of goals to help the Marlies past Albany 3-2 on Halloween evening in the New York capital.
He currently ranks tied for fifth in the AHL in scoring with 12 points and leads all AHL defencemen in points and goals. Seven of his points in October came on the power play, where Toronto ranks third in the AHL at 23.5 percent efficiency (12-for-51). A former Calder Cup champion (2001) and AHL All-Star (2002), Walser now has 76 goals and 151 assists for 227 points in 302 career AHL games.
In recognition of his achievement, Walser will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Marlies’ home game.
|The Marlies return to the ice this evening when they visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the only time this season at 7:05 p.m.