Monster Numbers of 2009-10

With the Lake Erie Monsters 2009-10 regular season almost a month in the books, LakeErieMonsters.com takes a look back at the year that was by the numbers.

Statistically speaking, the Monsters – from both a team and individual perspective – set numerous franchise marks over the course of the 80-game regular season. Listed below, in descending order, are the most notable numbers from the team’s season.

77 – For the second straight year, the Monsters set a new franchise mark for points in a season. With 77 points in 2009-10, Lake Erie bested 2008-09’s total by a single mark.
 
70 – Center T.J. Hensick set a franchise mark recording 70 points (20G, 50A) in the 2009-10 regular season. Hensick accumulated his lofty point total while playing in just 58 of the Monsters 80-game regular season schedule.

64 – Forward Darren Haydar’s 64 points (23G,41A) in 2009-10 are the second most all-time by a player in a single season.

50 – Picking up 50 assists, Hensick set a new mark for helpers in a season by a Monsters player.

36 – As a team, the Monsters picked up 36 points away from The Q, the most road points in a single season by the club.

26 – Captain Brian Willsie’s 26-goal season set a franchise mark for tallies in a year by a player.

23 – Ryan Stoa’s 23 goals tied him for the league lead among AHL rookies.

23 – Recording 23 points (4G,19A) in the month of December, Hensick became the first Monster to earn the AHL Player of the Month award. In December, Hensick put up at least a point in 12 of 13 games.

16.3 – Ray Macias led all AHL defensemen with a 16.3 percent shooting percentage, netting seven goals on 43 shots.

15 – The Monsters 15 road wins in 2009-10 set a franchise mark.

15th – Hensick’s 70-point season put him 15th in the AHL scoring race.

14 – Lake Erie had 14 players – Ryan Wilson, Tyler Weiman, Willsie, Chris Durno, Phil Dupuis, Brian Fahey, Justin Mercier, Stoa, Derek Peltier, Brandon Yip, Wes O’Neill, Brett Skinner, Haydar and Kevin Porter – called up to their parent club, the Colorado Avalanche.

13 – Averaging just less than 13 penalty minutes per game, the Monsters were the AHL’s second-least penalized team.

12 – Willsie’s 12 power play goals tied a franchise mark, as David Jones – a former Monster currently with the Colorado Avalanche – netted a dozen power play tallies in the team’s inaugural 2007-08 season.

11 – Of the 14 players called up to Colorado, 11 saw game action with the Avs.

8 – Haydar posted eight points (5G, 3A) in the final week of December, totals that earned him AHL Player of the Week honors. In three games that week, Haydar helped the team to three consecutive wins while earning first star of the game accolades in two of those contests.

7 – The Monsters tied an AHL single-game high this season with a seven-goal victory on December 27th against the Toronto Marlies in a 7-0 win.

5 – Lake Erie’s five power play goals in an 8-6 loss against Grand Rapids November 8th tied the AHL season high for the 2009-10 regular season.

4 – Of the 14 players called up, four of them – Mercier, Stoa, Yip and Wilson – made their NHL debuts this season with the Avalanche. All four players also recorded their first NHL goals in 2009-10 with Colorado.

Only 1 – In early January, The Hockey News, the number one hockey-selling publication in North America, named Haydar the AHL Player of the Decade. In 562 career AHL games, Haydar has posted 600 points (224G, 376A). The Milton, Ontario, native also is the league’s all-time leader with 135 points (59G, 76A) in the postseason. Haydar was the league’s MVP in 2007 and was the Rookie of the Year in 2003. Most notably, Haydar has two Calder Cups to his name, as he won it in 2004 with the Milwaukee Admirals and again in 2008 with the Chicago Wolves.

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