Thursday, April 10, 2014

Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour Both Named First Team All-Stars

Colton Sceviour and Travis Morin (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The AHL announced today that Texas Stars forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour were both named as AHL First Team All-Stars.

With Morin leading the points on the best team in the league, his selection was nearly certain. Colton Sceviour's selection was a bit more in question as he hasn't played with Texas in over a month. However, the selection of Ryan Strome to the All-Rookie team yesterday hinted that the voters would have no qualms selecting a partial season player to the roster. Strome hasn't played for Bridgeport since February.

Morin and Sceviour are both having career years. Sceviour was rewarded for his year with an NHL callup and a two-year, one-way deal to Dallas. Morin still has another year remaining on his deal to Dallas. He was called up last month, playing in four games and earning his first NHL point.

Notably, the AHL All-Star roster was dominated by Western Conference players. Only two Eastern conference skaters made it in, Andy Miele and Mike Hoffman. Three of the five teams in the West Division were represented with Texas, OKC and Charlotte all getting nods.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that center Travis Morin and right wing Colton Sceviour have been named to the 2013-14 AHL First All-Star Team, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

Morin, 30, had a breakout season in 2013-14, and currently leads the AHL with 81 points (31 goals, 50 assists) in 62 games for Texas – nearly doubling his 44-point output from a year ago. The CCM/AHL Player of the Month in both October and January, Morin began the season on a 10-game scoring streak and has not looked back, going without a point in consecutive games on just four occasions all year. The seventh-year pro from Brooklyn Park, Minn., has also appeared in four games with Dallas this season and picked up an assist for his first career NHL point.

Sceviour, 24, has notched 32 goals and 63 points for the Stars this season, both career highs for the fifth-year pro. The franchise’s all-time leader in games played (348) has scored 13 power-play goals and six game-winning tallies, and also leads all AHL forwards with 228 shots on goal. The 24-year-old native of Red Deer, Alta., has added seven goals and four assists in 24 NHL games with Dallas in 2013-14.

2013-14 AHL First All-Star Team

Goaltender - Jake Allen, Chicago Wolves (49gp, 30-16-3, 2.09gaa, .926sv%, 6so)
Defense - T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (70gp, 22+44=66pts., 12 PPG, 4 GWG)
Defense - Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs (70gp, 12+44=56pts., +7, 19 PP pts.)
Left Wing - Mike Hoffman, Binghamton Senators (51gp, 30+37=67pts., +11, 12 PPG)
Center - Travis Morin, Texas Stars (62gp, 31+50=81pts., +13, 10 PPG)
Right Wing - Colton Sceviour, Texas Stars (54gp, 32+31=63pts., +11, 13 PPG, 6 GWG)

2013-14 AHL Second All-Star Team

Goaltender - Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins (30gp, 22-7-1, 2.03gaa, .927sv%, 3so)
Defense - Adam Almquist, Grand Rapids Griffins (69gp, 4+48=52pts., +9, 27 PP pts.)
Defense - Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons (62gp, 11+38=49pts., +9, 9 PPG)
Left Wing - Zach Boychuk, Charlotte Checkers (65gp, 35+35=70pts., 17 PPG, 4 GWG)
Center - Andy Miele, Portland Pirates (65gp, 27+42=69pts., 33 PP pts.)
Right Wing - Spencer Abbott, Toronto Marlies (64gp, 17+52=69pts., +10, 9 PPG)

Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2013-14 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams. This is the first time in franchise history that a Texas Stars player has been selected to the AHL First All-Star Team and the third and fourth times a Texas Stars player has received a year-end AHL award. The first came last season when left wing Matt Fraser was selected to the 2012-13 AHL Second All-Star Team, while Curtis McKenzie was selected to the 2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday.

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