Stalock & Couture Earn All-Rookie Honors
Forward and Goalie are only pair of teammates to make squad
Couture registered a point in 21 of his first 24 AHL games this season and never looked back, totaling 53 points (20 goals 33 assists) in 42 contests to rank among the AHL’s rookie leaders in goals and points.
Drafted in the first round (9th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Couture leads all first-year pros with nine game-winning goals and has put together 15 multiple-point efforts for Worcester. The 21-year-old London, Ont., native played in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic and is currently on the Sharks NHL roster, where he has five points ( two goals, three assists) in 19 games.
Stalock has been a workhorse in net for Worcester this season, posting a 37-16-2 record while appearing in 56 of the team’s 73 games to date. Stalock’s league-leading 37 victories are the most ever by an AHL rookie, and the South St. Paul, Minn., native also ranks among the AHL’s top five goaltenders in minutes played (3,266), saves (1,414) and shots faced (1,557).
A fourth-round selection (112th overall) by San Jose in 2005, the 22-year-old Stalock turned pro after three years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and represented Worcester at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic.