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KENNEDY, GERBE NAMED TO AHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Nathan Gerbe (Photo: Heather Harvey)
Buffalo Sabres prospects Nathan Gerbe and Tim Kennedy were named to the 2008-09 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 29 member cities.


The team consists of one goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards:

2008-09 AHL All-Rookie Team
POS NAME AHL TEAM
G Nathan Lawson Bridgeport Sound Tigers
D Mattias Karlsson Binghamton Senators
D Yannick Weber Hamilton Bulldogs
F Justin Abdeklader Grand Rapids Griffins
F Nathan Gerbe Portland Pirates
F Tim Kennedy Portland Pirates

Each All-Rookie Team member will receive a custom designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2008-09 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Nathan Gerbe has torn up the AHL for 26 goals and 50 points in just 50 games for Portland this season, including seven multiple-goal efforts and a hat trick.

Drafted by Buffalo in 2005, Gerbe made his National Hockey League debut with the Sabres in December and has contributed one assist in 10 NHL games this year.

A native of Oxford, Mich., the 21-year-old Gerbe reached the NCAA title game in each of his three seasons at Boston College and led the nation in scoring en route to winning the national championship in 2007-08.

A teammate of Justin Abdelkader’s on Michigan State’s 2007 national championship team, Tim Kennedy stormed out of the gate by registering a point in his first nine professional games for Portland this season.

He leads all AHL rookies with 43 assists and 59 points in 66 games overall and has registered 14 multiple-point efforts. The 22-year-old made his NHL debut for the Sabres in his hometown of Buffalo on Dec. 27 and was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week on Feb. 15 with five goals and 10 points in a four-game span.

Previous selections to the annual AHL All-Rookie Team include Jean-Sebastien Giguere (1998), Zdeno Chara (1998), Brendan Morrison (1998), Marc Savard (1998), Daniel Briere (1998), J.P. Dumont (1999), Dan Boyle (1999), Cory Sarich (1999), Dmitri Kalinin (2000), Jonathan Cheechoo (2001), Barret Jackman (2002), Jason Spezza (2003), Brad Boyes (2003), Michel Ouellet (2004), Cam Ward (2005), Chris Campoli (2005), Thomas Vanek (2005), Rene Bourque (2005), Kevin Bieksa (2005), Daniel Girardi (2006), Mike Green (2006), Patrick O’Sullivan (2006), Ryan Shannon (2006), Jaroslav Halak (2007), Troy Brouwer (2007), Ryan Callahan (2007), Bobby Ryan (2008) and Teddy Purcell (2008).
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