SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced that former Las Vegas Wranglers and current Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights goaltender Brent Krahn has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week.
Selected in the first round (ninth overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and in his third professional season, the 23-year-old was 3-0-0 on the road with goals against of 1.62 and a save percentage of .938.
After making 18 saves in a 2-1 come-from-behind win in Manchester on Feb. 22, the 6-foot-4 and 211-pound Krahn had 20 saves in a 3-2 win at Rochester on Feb. 24 before stopping 37 shots in regulation and overtime and all five shooters in the shootout for a 3-2 win at Toronto on Feb. 25.
He is 18-15-6 and is tied for second in the league with three shutouts while ranking fifth in goals against with 2.52 and eighth in save percentage with .912.
In his first professional season in 2003-04, Krahn was 7-5-2 with goals against of 2.61 and save percentage of .925 in 14 games with Las Vegas. He also played in the AHL going 2-3-0 with goals against of 2.62 and a save percentage of .924 in seven games with Lowell and 3-7-1 with goals against of 3.44 and save percentage of .884 in 14 games with San Antonio.
Also nominated for the award were former Johnstown and current Cleveland goaltender Dimitri Patzold, former Charlotte and current Hartford defenseman Thomas Pock, former Columbia and current Manitoba right wing Jesse Schultz, Trenton and Philadelphia goaltender Martin Houle and former Dayton and current Toronto goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
The ECHL has affiliations with 21 of the 27 teams in the AHL and for the past 16 years there has been a former ECHL player on the AHL team that has won the Calder Cup.