Player of the Week: Magnus Nygren
After a slow start and a nagging injury Magnus Nygren is hitting his stride for the Hamilton Bulldogs. With Nathan Beaulieu spending his days in the Montreal press box, Hamilton needed the Swedish rearguard to step up and begin producing points. Nygren would oblige by blasting his third goal of the season against Utica in a 3-2 loss, and adding a pair of assists in a 5-1 drubbing of the Toronto Marlies. Averaging over 3 shots a game is a promising sign that this is just the beginning of Nygren's offensive outburst, and we can expect more goals in the coming weeks.
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*Denotes player is in the NHL/ECHL
Charles Hudon: The Bulldogs rookie continues to tear up competition in the AHL with another big week on the scoresheet. Hudon kicked off his 4 point weekend by beating the Marlies Christopher Gibson with a slapshot from the point and followed up with a brilliant 3 point game on Sunday. Hudon notched a goal and two assists as the Bulldogs romped over their QEW rivals 5-1 you can check out the highlights right here. Hudon presently sits 5th overall in the AHL for scoring and is tied for 1st among rookies with David Pastrnak of the Providence Bruins.
Sven Andrighetto: It was a relatively quiet week for the Swiss sniper as Andrighetto recorded 2 points(1G 1A) in 3 games played. Andrighetto was one of the few bright spots for Hamilton in a loss to the AHL's leading club the Utica Comets and set up Rene Bourque's powerplay goal late in the 3rd period. Like many of the Bulldogs he also found his way into the goal column against Toronto as he dipped and dangled through the Marlies and potted his team leading 7th goal of the season.
Gabriel Dumont: After two highly productive weeks Dumont was held off the scoresheet this week. Despite a solid shot total this week(10) he was unable to put the puck in the net. Also of concern is the spike in his PIM's which is an issue that has plagued the Hamilton captain in the past.
Christian Thomas: Thomas is still recovering from a lower body injury and will be re-evaluated this week.
Daniel Carr: The rookie out of Union college was held pointless this week but still shows signs of being a consistent contributor for Hamilton.
Eric Tangradi: Since returning from injury Tangradi has been a stabilizing presence in a young group of Hamilton forwards. Despite a low production week he continues to be a key part of a suddenly high powered Hamilton offense. Tangradi's lone point came on Magnus Nygren's howitzer of a goal against Utica.
Mac Bennett: Bennett continues to have a solid rookie season on the Hamilton blueline in spite of being made a healthy scratch for Friday nights game against the Marlies. Upon being inserted back into the lineup on Sunday Bennett blasted home his 2nd goal of the year and put the game out of reach for the Marlies.
Jacob de la Rose: De la Rose isn't posting large point totals but continues to be a big key in Hamilton's fantastic penalty killing unit. He still managed to nab a point this week as well when he set up Charled Hudon's 6th goal of the season.
Greg Pateryn: After struggling mightily to open the season Pateryn appears to have found his scoring touch from last season. He notched the game winning goal against Toronto on Friday night and also added an assist on Hudon's goal the following Sunday.
Davis Drewiske: The veteran blueliner registered an assist on Sven Andrighetto's 7th goal of the year and continues to play a solid defensive game on the Hamilton blueline.
Darren Dietz: After several solid games Dietz took a step back posting a -2 on the week and registering no points and a meager 3 shots on goal.
Nathan Beaulieu: Beaulieu is currently
being made a better person a healthy scratch in Montreal on his way back to Hamilton..
Jarred Tinordi: The hulking defensemen is logging big minutes on the Hamilton blueline but has only one assist since being demoted. While not known for his offensive prowess it would be nice to see Tinordi up his point totals a bit.
Morgan Ellis: Ellis was demoted to the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers where he currently has 1 assist in 6 games played.
Jack Nevins: The pugilistic and always truculent Nevins made his presence felt this week with a pair of fights against the Marlies. While it's an unimportant part of the game Nevins will take on all comers at any time. Check out his scrap against Jamie Devane whom he left bloodied.
Connor Crisp: No goals, no points, no PIMs, no shots...Not a good showing from Crisp through several weeks this season.
Mike Condon: It's become clear that Condon is the new starting goalie in Hamilton and he has rewarded Sylvain Lefebvre's trust in him with a stellar week in net. Condon posted a 2-1-0 record with a 1.66 GAA and .939 SV% bringing his average up to .927% on the year. For reference the AHL average is .910% meaning Condon is putting himself among the best in the league.
Joey MacDonald: MacDonald hasn't played in over a week and has lost his starting job to Mike Condon.
Year to Date Stats
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The Bulldogs record currently stands at 8-8-2 with 18 points which is places them 3rd in the AHL's North Division and 8th overall in the Western Conference.
The Dogs are back in action after American Thanksgiving with a home and home series against the Lake Erie Monsters before travelling to upstate New York to face the Adirondack Flames.