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BLOG: Benson, Starrett named to AHL All-Rookie Team

Benson has tallied 63 points and a plus-19 rating in 65 games for the Condors, while Starrett has stood tall with a 25-7-5 record in 40 appearances this season

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The individual accolades are pouring into Condorstown as the AHL regular season winds down.

On Wednesday, forward Tyler Benson and goaltender Shane Starrett were named to the 2019 AHL All-Rookie Team after stellar full debuts with the Bakersfield Condors.

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Benson's selection to the All-Rookie Team comes after being named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month back on April 1 after registering 18 points (5G, 13A) in 11 games last month.

The winger from Edmonton, Alberta was drafted in the second round, 32nd overall by his hometown Oilers in 2016 and has tallied a team-high 63 points (14G, 49A), along with a plus-19 rating, in all of Bakersfield's 65 games this campaign to sit second among all rookies in league scoring. His 49 assists are the most by an AHL rookie since 2009.

Last season, Benson recorded three assists in five games with the Condors after completing his final season in the WHL as captain of the Vancouver Giants.

Starrett's 25-7-5 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in between the pipes for the Condors this season has assisted in the Bellingham, Massachusetts netminder being touted as one of the emerging goalies in the AHL.

The 24-year-old's 40 appearances this season include a personal 14-game winning streak as part of a 17-game run for the Condors earlier this year that tied the AHL's second-longest streak set by the Philadelphia Phantoms back in 2004-05.

Before signing with the Oilers as an undrafted college free agent in 2017 and completing his first full pro season with the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL, Starrett finished two years with Air Force Academy with a combined 1.95 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

2018-19 AHL All-Rookie Team
G - Shane Starrett (Bakersfield Condors)
D - Jake Bean (Charlotte Checkers)
D - Mitch Reinke (San Antonio Rampage)
F - Drake Batherson (Belleville Senators)
F - Tyler Benson (Bakersfield Condors)
F - Alex Barre-Boulet (Syracuse Crunch)

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