By: Acme World Sports
The American Hockey League announced on Thursday the full rosters for the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic presented by MGM Springfield. Henrik Borgstrom of the Springfield Thunderbirds, Ethan Prow of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and Janne Kuokkanen of the Charlotte Checkers all have been named to play for the Atlantic Division
Henrik Borgstrom – Springfield Thunderbirds
Borgstrom, 21, began his AHL career in Springfield in October and immediately earned league-wide notice when he earned the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honor for his first month in the league. In his first seven games with the Thunderbirds, Borgstrom tallied 11 points on four goals and seven assists.
In 24 total games with Springfield this season, Borgstrom has recorded five goals and 17 assists for 22 points. The Helsinki, Finland native earned a call-up to the Florida Panthers on Dec. 15 and has since recorded three goals and an assist in eight games with the NHL club.
A former Hobey Baker Award finalist and 2017 national champion at the University of Denver, Borgstrom was originally a first round pick (23rd overall) by the Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Ethan Prow – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Prow is second on the Penguins with 10 goals, and he has also earned 22 points this season. He was able to double his goal output from his previous two seasons combined by notching his 10 goals in 30 games. Prow’s 10 tallies also put him in a tie for the second-most goals among all AHL defensemen. Prow is the first Penguins defenseman to have reached double digits in goal scoring at the end of December since Ross Lupaschuck (2002-03).
Prow has consistently improved over the course of his three seasons as a pro, all of which have been spent with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He amassed 16 points (1G-15A) in his rookie year, then followed that up with four goals and 13 assists for 17 points with the Penguins in 2017-18. He has 15 goals and 41 assists for 56 points in 139 career AHL games.
Janne Kuokkanen – Charlotte Checkers
This is the first All-Star selection for Kuokkanen, who ranks second on the Checkers with 27 points in 29 games. The 20-year-old also ranks second on the team with 11 goals that equal the amount he posted in 60 games as a rookie last season.
A native of Oulunsalo, Finland, he also leads the team with six power-play goals and is tied for third on the team with 16 assists. Kuokkanen has played 11 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, who chose him with the 43rd overall draft selection in 2016, including seven this season.
The 2019 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 27 (7 p.m. ET) will pit the All-Stars from the two Eastern Conference divisions against those from the two Western Conference divisions in seven skills events: Puck Control Relay, Fastest Skater, Rapid Fire, Hardest Shot, Accuracy Shooting, Pass and Score, and Breakaway Relay.
In the 2019 AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday, Jan. 28 (7 p.m. ET), the four teams will participate in a 3-on-3, round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for the championship, a six-minute, 3-on-3 game.