Conacher Takes Home Weekly Awards

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. Conacher was also named our prospect of the week here at Bolt Prospects. Since the AHL candidates for their award far outnumber the number of prospects in the Lightning organization, we listed the AHL’s award first. On pure importance, value, and prestige, ours would be listed first, of course. But we’re nice.

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Conacher 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. We rank him as the Lightning’s No. 4 prospect.

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. For winning our award, he gets his name on the Interweb and the cover photo on our Facebook page. Advantage: AHL (they have a budget).

Previous 2012-2013 BP Prospect of the Week winners:

October 9, Cedric Paquette, C, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL-Canada
October 2, Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa Jr, MHL-Russia
September 25, Andrei Vasilevski, G, Ufa Jr, MHL-Russia