March 9, 2014

NHL New England: Arcobello on a roll in AHL

By Joshua Kummins

Mark Arcobello has been tearing up the American Hockey League since the Oilers sent him down before the Olympics and has little left to prove to get another shot in Edmonton. (Photo/Getty Images)

Mark Arcobello (Milford, Conn.) has been helping the Oklahoma City Barons creep back into the American Hockey League playoff picture, but his recent success has shown the Edmonton Oilers they have a suitable piece to play at the NHL level regularly.

The AHL's most recent Player of the Week has recorded at least a point in each of the 11 games he's played in since being downed from the Oilers for playing time prior to the Olympics.

The Yale product has scored four goals and four assists in just the first three March games for the Barons, after notching 14 points in seven February contests.

Arcobello, who opened the season with four goals and 18 points in 41 NHL games, earned the AHL Player of the Week honor on Monday after leading the Barons to three important Western Conference victories.

Arcobello's status in the organization was up in the air before the NHL trading deadline passed earlier this week, but his torrid scoring pace and strong showing earlier in the season have shown general manager Craig MacTavish and the Edmonton brass they have something strong for the future.

Active New Englanders in the NHL






Mark Arcobello
Milford, Conn.
Edmonton Oilers  F @sporkabella Reigning AHL Player of the Week has scored 9 goals, 13 assists in 11 games since being sent back to Oklahoma City (AHL)

Cam Atkinson
Greenwich, Conn.
Columbus Blue Jackets F @CamAtkinson13 Opened month with goal March 1 as Blue Jackets rolled Florida

Keith Aucoin
Chelmsford, Mass.
St. Louis Blues F @coiner11 Notched goal, 2 assists in first 3 games of March with Chicago (AHL)

Nick Bonino
Unionville, Conn.
Anaheim Ducks F @NickBonino Fully recovered from upper body injury, returned to scoresheet March 5 vs. Habs

Brian Boyle
Hingham, Mass.
New York Rangers F @BriBrows22 March 5 assist vs. Maple Leafs has him 4 points from career century marker

Bobby Butler
Marlboro, Mass.
Florida Panthers F Scored twice on 5 shots for San Antonio (AHL) in loss to Charlotte Friday

John Carlson
Marlboro, Mass.
Washington Capitals D @JohnCarlson74 Found scoresheet in 3 of 1st 5 games in March, all assists

Charlie Coyle
Weymouth, Mass.
Minnesota Wild F @CharlieCoyle_3 On pace to finish season with 26 points, nearly doubling last season's total

Rick DiPietro
Winthrop, Mass. 
Free agent G Remained a free agent following failed stint with AHL's Charlotte Checkers in November

Brian Dumoulin
Biddeford, Maine 
Pittsburgh Penguins D @Du24theboyz Saw first action with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) since Jan. 31 by opening March on active roster

Mark Fayne
Sagamore Beach, Mass. 
New Jersey Devils D Has played in 42 consecutive games with Devils after appearing in just 8 of first 18

Benn Ferriero
Essex, Mass. 
Vancouver Canucks F Continues to lead Utica (AHL) with 19 goals after scoring March 2 in Bridgeport, Conn.

Brian Flynn
Lynnfield, Mass. 
Buffalo Sabres F Scored goals in back-to-back games Feb. 26-28, but hasn't notched point since

Brian Gibbons
Braintree, Mass. 
Pittsburgh Penguins F @BGibb99 Has 3 goals, 8 points in last 13 games with NHL club

Hal Gill
Bolton, Mass. 
Philadelphia Flyers D @Skillsy75 Last game action with Flyers came Dec. 21

Ron Hainsey
Bolton, Conn. 
Carolina Hurricanes D Was plus-1 with an assist March 7 vs. Rangers

Jimmy Hayes
Dorchester, Mass. 
Florida Panthers F @Jimmy10Hayes Scored, dished an assist in third period as Panthers rallied to beat Islanders March 2

Chris Kreider
Boxford, Mass. 
New York Rangers F @ChrisKreider Rangers are an excellent 9-2-1 when the former BC Eagle scores a goal

Ben Lovejoy
Canaan, N.H. 
Anaheim Ducks D @RevLovejoy6 Ducks' leader with 170 hits, 2nd with 122 blocked shots

Lane MacDermid
Hartford, Conn. 
F Has "lost passion to play" and retired two weeks ago at age 24

John McCarthy
Andover, Mass. 
San Jose Sharks F Scored first goal with Worcester (AHL) since October in tough-luck loss to Springfield March 2

Colin McDonald
Hartford, Conn. 
New York Islanders F @ColinMcDonald13 Scored goals against Oilers, Flames during Canadian road trip this week

Mike Mottau
Avon, Mass. 
Florida Panthers D Still recovering from lower body injury suffered just after Thanksgiving

Max Pacioretty
New Canaan, Conn. 
Montreal Canadiens F @MaxPacioretty67 Tied for 5th in NHL with 10 power play goals, tied for 2nd with 8 game-winners

Tom Poti
Worcester, Mass. 
Free agent D Remained a UFA as of March 9

Jonathan Quick
Hamden, Conn. 
Los Angeles Kings G @JonathanQuick32 Has not allowed more than a single goal in an NHL game since before Olympics (Feb. 3)

Cory Schneider
Marblehead, Mass. 
New Jersey Devils G Allowed 7 goals in March 7 loss to Red Wings and hasn't won since Feb. 27

Ben Smith
Avon, Conn. 
Chicago Blackhawks F @BenASmith12 Has points in 5 of last 11 games (2 goals, 3 assists)

Brian Strait
Waltham, Mass. 
New York Islanders D Scored first goal in 15 games with assist

David Warsofsky
Marshfield, Mass. 
Boston Bruins D @DaveWarsofsky5 Has 3 points in last 7 games for Providence (AHL), including goal, assist March 2 vs. Albany

Ryan Whitney
Scituate, Mass. 
Florida Panthers D @ryanwhitney6 14 of 18 points have been assists through 34 games with San Antonio (AHL)

Colin Wilson
Greenwich, Conn. 
Nashville Predators F @colinwilson33 Is in the midst of a 24-game stretch without a goal, dating back to Dec. 30, 2013

Keith Yandle
Milton, Mass. 
Phoenix Coyotes D Already has 4 assists in 3 games in March, including pair Saturday vs. Capitals

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