Monthly award winners named for November

Photos: Jonathan Kozub, Kate Dibildox, Todd Reicher

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Manitoba Moose forward Jack Roslovic, Tucson Roadrunners forward Dylan Strome and Manitoba Moose goaltender Michael Hutchinson have been selected as the league’s award winners for November.

Roslovic, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month, racked up a league-best 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) along with a plus-13 rating in 14 games during a memorable November for Manitoba.

Roslovic opened the month by putting together a five-game scoring streak that included back-to-back three-point performances, notching a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win at Stockton on Nov. 8 and coming back with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 victory at San Jose on Nov. 11. Roslovic then established a career high with four points in one game, scoring two goals and assisting on two others as the Moose beat Chicago, 6-4, on Nov. 17. He struck for a shorthanded goal in a 3-0 win at Milwaukee on Nov. 25, and his sixth multiple-point effort of the month (goal, assist) helped the Moose to a 7-1 decision over Cleveland on Nov. 30, their 12th victory in 14 tries during November.

Roslovic is tied for second in the entire AHL in both goals (12) and points (26) in 23 games so far in 2017-18, his second professional season. A 20-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, Roslovic totaled 13 goals and 35 assists in 65 contests with Manitoba and represented the Moose at the AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie in 2016-17. Winnipeg’s first-round selection (25th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Roslovic made his NHL debut with the Jets last season, and also won a gold medal with the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Strome, the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month, tallied seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in nine games for Tucson during November, helping the Roadrunners to first place in the Pacific Division and earning a recall back to the NHL.

All 16 of Strome’s points came during a seven-game scoring streak, beginning with his two-goal, four-point performance in a 6-3 win over Bakersfield on Nov. 10. Strome had four more points in a 5-0 win over San Diego on Nov. 22, then recorded a goal and an assist each in back-to-back games against Stockton on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 to earn CCM/Player of the Week honors. He was summoned by the parent Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 26 and appeared in two NHL games to finish the month.

The third overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Strome is tied for the AHL lead with 18 assists, is tied for second with 26 points and is tied for fifth with a plus-13 rating in just 15 games for Tucson this season. A 20-year-old rookie from Mississauga, Ont., Strome has now appeared in four NHL games with the Coyotes this season, and is coming off a prolific junior career that saw him win an OHL scoring title in 2014-15 and earn MVP honors at the 2017 Memorial Cup tournament.

Hutchinson, the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month, helped Manitoba to the best record in the Western Conference by winning all six of his starts in November and allowing only eight total goals despite facing an average of 37.7 shots per game (6-0-0, 1.33, .965).

Hutchinson stopped 31 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory at Bakersfield on Nov. 4, then made 42 saves and was named the game’s first star in a 3-2 win over Chicago on Nov. 15. His 27-save effort backed the Moose to a 5-2 win over Laval on Nov. 19, and he made 37 stops on Nov. 24 as Manitoba defeated the defending Calder Cup champions in Grand Rapids, 3-1. On Nov. 28, Hutchinson turned aside 47 shots – the most by any AHL goaltender this season – in an 8-1 win at Rockford, and he followed that up with 34 saves in a 7-1 win over Cleveland on Nov. 30, finishing the month with 218 saves on 226 total shots.

An eighth-year pro in his fifth season in the Winnipeg Jets organization, Hutchinson has made 10 appearances in net for Manitoba this season and has a record of 8-1-1, ranking second in the AHL with a .947 save percentage and fourth with a 1.90 goals-against average. Originally drafted by Boston in 2008, Hutchinson had spent the previous three seasons in the NHL with the Jets and has a record of 41-38-11 with a 2.63 GAA, a .910 save percentage and three shutouts in 99 career NHL games. The 27-year-old native of Barrie, Ont., is 64-43-7 (2.46, .920) with 10 shutouts in 121 regular-season AHL games with Manitoba, St. John’s and Providence, and he reached the Calder Cup Finals with the IceCaps in 2014.

Each monthly award winner will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming home game in recognition of his achievement.