As the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, the Jackals are tasked with developing prospects throughout the organization. The Road to the Show provides details on how those prospects are progressing.
Rochester Americans (AHL) – The Americans ended their up and down season by losing five of their last six games. The lone win was a 2-0 shutout of the Lake Erie Monsters on April 10, courtesy of a 30 save performance by Andrey Makarov. Rochester’s final record was 34-38-3-1, good for 72 points, and a sixth place finish in the North Division of the Eastern Conference. They ultimately finished the season 15 points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who secured the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Over the course of the year, 13 players who skated for the Jackals this season appeared in at least one AHL game. The majority of the call-ups played for the Americans, but there were also a few players who made appearances for other teams around the American Hockey League.
Cason Hohmann, who led the Jackals in scoring with 57 points, while playing 59 games for Elmira, in his first pro season, made his AHL debut with the Amerks on April 1. He appeared in three games for Rochester, registering three shots on goal in his debut.
Allan McPherson, who ended the year with 49 points in 47 games for the Jackals, and led the team with a plus-20 rating, played in 16 games for the Americans. He scored his only goal of the year for Rochester on January 23.
Jacob MacDonald, who set a Jackals record with 4 short-handed goals this season, set a team record for goals in a single season by a defenseman with 17, and led Elmira’s defense core with 37 points, while becoming the only player to dress in all 72 games for the Jackals, made his AHL debut for the Springfield Falcons on April 13. It was the only game he played in the AHL this season.
Tyler Currier, who led the Jackals with a career high 21 goals this season, earned his first ever AHL call-up, and debuted with the Springfield Falcons on April 3. Currier made the most of his first game, scoring his first AHL goal, first AHL assist, and notching his first multi-point game in the AHL. He also earned a second call-up after the ECHL season, as Currier played in the final game of the regular season for the Utica Comets.
Spiro Goulakos, who led Elmira’s defensemen with 24 assists this season earned four separate stints with Rochester. He played in 10 games with a goal and an assist, both registered in a game on April 2.
Colin Jacobs, who led the Jackals with 138 penalty minutes this year appeared in two games for the Amerks in December.
Matt Garbowsky, who recorded 21 points in 33 games for the Jackals this season spent much of the early part of the year with the Americans. Garbowsky played 16 games for Rochester with one assist, recorded on November 6.
Nick Petrecki, who notched six assists in 14 games for the Jackals earned two separate three-game stints in the AHL. Petrecki played three games for the Hartford Wolfpack, in December, and played three games for the Chicago Wolves, in February.
Justin Kea, who scored four goals in 17 games for the Jackals, played in 32 games for the Americans this season. He recorded his lone point, an assist, on April 3.
Josh Chapman, whom had four assists, and several memorable fights with the Jackals this season, made his AHL debut for the Americans on October 17. It was his only game for the Amerks.
Nick Tuzzolino, who had a hat trick for the Jackals on March 4, against Brampton, spent the majority of the season with the Binghamton Senators. Tuzzolino played in 27 games for the B-Sens with his lone goal coming on April 8, against Rochester.
Matt Prapavessis, who had two assists in a seven game span with the Jackals at the end of the season, played the early part of the year for the Americans, appearing in 25 games. He notched his lone assist in the season opener and his only goal on January 30.
Finally, Niklas Lundstrom, who recorded an impressive 8-3-0 record in 13 games for the Jackals with a 2.92 goals-against-average and .929 save percentage, earned two AHL call-up this season. Lundstrom played in four games for the Chicago Wolves, earning his first career AHL win, in relief, on January 22, against the Charlotte Checkers. Following a trade, where Lundstrom’s rights were moved from the St. Louis Blues organization to the Edmonton Oilers, Lundstrom played four games for the Bakersfield Condors. With the Condors, Lundstrom won his first AHL game, that he started, on March 12, against the San Jose Barracuda.