J.T. Miller spoke to nhl.com Tuesday afternoon about his expected Tuesday night debut with the New York Rangers a day after his first promotion from the AHL’s Connecticut Whale. That promotion came on Monday, precisely one week following his participation in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game in Providence, RI.
Petr Mrazek, who started 2012-13 in the ECHL before moving up to the Grand Rapids Griffins at the end of October, should likewise be donning official NHL attire Tuesday. Whether the rookie goalie starts or plays the backup role for the Detroit Red Wings, it will put an official stamp on his Sunday summons from the AHL level.
Miller and Mrazek give this year’s AHL All-Star scroll 10 players out of 42 who were promoted to their parent clubs within a week of dispersing from the exhibition’s host site in Providence.
Between the conclusion of last Monday’s game and this past Sunday alone, eight AHL All-Stars have seen extramural NHL action. In four cases, they made their NHL debut.
Here is a quick summation of the 10 players in question and their activity in The Show between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4, in chronological order of promotion.
Drew Shore: San Antonio/Florida
Drew Shore was working in the sunshine state one day before and one day after his excursion to Providence. He had dressed for his third appearance with the Panthers against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 26, and then immediately returned to the team in time for a visit to the Tampa Bay Lightning within 24 hours of the AHL exhibition.
Shore posted a plus-two rating and won 70.6 percent of his faceoffs (12 out of 17) against the Bolts. Two games and five days later, the first-year pro tallied his first NHL point, setting up Peter Mueller’s 3-3 equalizer in the final minute of the second period, en route to a 4-3 win over Buffalo.
Mike Sgarbossa: Lake Erie/Colorado
Like Shore, Mike Sgarbossa is in the midst of his first professional season. His first look at the NHL came immediately after his AHL milestone with a Tuesday call-up and a cross-continental flight in between.
Sgarbossa joined the Colorado Avalanche amidst their Western Canadian road trip, in time to join in on visits to Vancouver and Calgary. He was in the lineup again for the first two installments of a four-game homestand with Edmonton dropping in on Saturday, and the Dallas Stars on Monday.
So far, the 20-year-old forward has registered one shot on goal in each outing with Colorado.
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault: Springfield/Columbus
Tuesday marked the end of a six-day stint with the Blue Jackets for Jonathan Audy-Marchessault as the return of Matt Calvert meant sending him back to the Springfield Falcons. He did, however, fill in for two divisional games versus St. Louis and Detroit.
Tim Erixon: Springfield/Columbus
Summoned simultaneously from Springfield with Audy-Marchessault last Wednesday, Tim Erixon has likewise skated in the Blue Jackets’ last two ventures and remains with the parent club. He logged a hit and blocked two shots in 12 minutes and 19 seconds of ice time as part of Saturday’s 4-1 triumph over the Red Wings.
Jamie Oleksiak: Texas/Dallas
Promoted from the Baby Stars in time for each half of a home-and-home with the Phoenix Coyotes, Jamie Oleksiak played his third NHL game on Monday against Sgarbossa’s Avalanche. The blueliner's performance has been, quite literally, hit-and-miss in the early going with no points and a cumulative minus-two rating, but also six hits this past Saturday and a total of five blocked shots.
Ryan Hamilton: Toronto/Toronto
The Marlies captain, who completed the Western Conference’s dramatic 7-6 victory while completing his All-Star hat trick, made his third career appearance and first of the season with the Maple Leafs last Thursday. Ryan Hamilton mustered a single body-check and lost his only faceoff in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals two days before he was returned to the farm team across town.
Jamie Tardif: Providence/Boston
The veteran of six-plus AHL and ECHL seasons turned 28 five days before he represented the host Providence Bruins in the AHL midseason classic. Five additional days passed before Jamie Tardif had his long-awaited NHL debut and landed two hits in 5:03 of ice time during Boston’s 1-0 road win over Toronto.
Bobby Butler: Albany/New Jersey
Petr Mrazek: Grand Rapids/Detroit
Petr Mrazek was first promoted from the Toledo Walleye to the Griffins on Oct. 29. Almost exactly three months later, he was backstopping the Western Conference All-Stars. A subsequent emergency in the Red Wings’ goalie guild (injuries to both Jonas Gustavsson and Joey MacDonald) necessitated his second promotion in as many levels in a span of 14 weeks.
J.T. Miller: Connecticut/NY Rangers
That medal was clinched on Jan. 5. His promotion from the Whale to the Rangers was recorded in the AHL’s transaction log on Feb. 4, a mere seven days after he was the only teen in the AHL All-Star constellation.
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