PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Wednesday its All-Rookie Team for 2003-04. The All-Rookie Team was determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, who were each asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards.
2003-04 ECHL All-Rookie Team
G – Nick Boucher, Wheeling (20-5-1, 2.44 GAA, .910 save pct.)
D – Derek Eastman, Columbia (70 gp, 13g, 34a, 47 pts, +19)
D – Brian Fahey, Atlantic City (55 gp, 11g, 26a, 37 pts, +21)
F – Jon Cullen, Atlantic City (68 gp, 29g, 45a, 74 pts, +22)
F – Kevin Doell, Gwinnett (60 gp, 32g, 40a, 72 pts, +26)
F – Greg Barber, San Diego (68 gp, 29g, 45a, 74 pts, +15)
Wheeling goaltender Nick Boucher is 20-5-1 and leads rookie goaltenders with 20 wins, four shutouts and a goals against average of 2.44. Selected in the ninth round (280th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Boucher is tied for third among all goaltenders with four shutouts and is 13th in goals against average with 2.44. He is tied for the rookie lead with four shootout wins and ranks third among rookies with a save percentage of .910. He has appeared in a team-leading 28 games for Wheeling and leads the team in wins and is tied for the team lead in shutouts. Born in Cobble Hill, B.C., Boucher has also appeared in six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL going 1-0-1 with a goals against average of 2.05 and a save percentage of .923.
Columbia defenseman Derek Eastman is tied for third among rookies with 16 power-play assists and ranks eighth among league defensemen with 47 points (13g-34a) in 70 games. Born in St. Paul, Minn., the 24-year-old Eastman leads Columbia defensemen with 13 goals, 34 assists, 47 points, five power-play goals, 16 power-play assists and 21 power-play points.
Voted to the Eastern Conference roster for the 2004 Par-A-Dice ECHL All-Star Game, Atlantic City defenseman Brian Fahey is tied for 18th among league defensemen with 37 points(11g-26a) in 55 games. Selected in the fourth round (119th overall) by Colorado in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Fahey leads Atlantic City defensemen with 11 goals, 26 assists, nine power-play goals, 13 power-play assists and 22 power-play points. Under contract to Worcester of the AHL, the 23-year-old Fahey is tied for third on the team with nine power-play goals while his 13 power-play assists and 22 power-play points rank fifth. Born in Glenview, Ill., the 6-1 and 205-pound Fahey has appeared in two games with Worcester of the AHL and is currently on a call-up to Hershey of the AHL where he has scored one point (0g-1a) in seven games.
Atlantic City forward Jon Cullen leads ECHL rookies with five shorthand goals, nine shorthand points (5g-4a), 20 power-play assists and 31 power-play points and he is tied for the rookie lead with 74 points (29g-45a), 45 assists and 11 power-play goals in 68 games. He is tied for third among rookies with 29 goals and four shorthand assists. The 5-9 and 175-pound Cullen leads the ECHL with nine shorthand points (5g-4a) while being tied for second with five shorthand goals and is tied for 11th overall in scoring with 74 points (29g-45a). Born in Alexandria, Minn., the 26-year-old Cullen leads Atlantic City in shorthand assists with four and shorthand points with nine. He is tied for the team lead with 45 assists and five shorthand goals while ranking second on the team with 29 goals, 74 points, 11 power-play goals, 20 power-play assists, 31 power-play points and a plus-minus rating of +22. He has also appeared in one game with Hershey of the AHL.
Gwinnett center Kevin Doell leads ECHL rookies with 32 goals and seven game-winning goals while ranking third among rookies and tied for 15th overall in scoring with 72 points (32g-40a) in 60 games. Born in Saskatoon, Sask., the 24-year-old Doell is fourth among rookies in plus-minus rating with +26 and ranks fifth in assists with 40. Under contract to Chicago of the AHL, the 5-11 and 190-pound Doell leads Gwinnett in goals with 32, points with 72 (32g-40a), power-play goals with 10, shorthand points with four (2g-2a), and game-winning goals with seven. Named CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for February, Doell is tied for first on the team with two shorthand goals and two shorthand assists while ranking second in assists with 40, plus-minus rating with +26, power-play assists with 13, and power-play points with 23 (10g-13a). Doell has also scored two points (1g-1a) in eight games with Chicago of the AHL.
Voted to the Western Conference roster for the 2004 Par-A-Dice ECHL All-Star Game, San Diego right wing Greg Barber has 74 points (29g-45a) in 68 games tying him for the scoring lead among rookies and tying him for 11th overall in scoring. Tied for the rookie lead with 45 assists and 11 power-play goals, the 6-2 and 205-pound Barber is tied for third among rookies with 29 goals and tied for fourth in shorthand goals with two. Born in Kelowna, B.C., the 23-year-old Barber ranks second on San Diego with 29 goals, 45 assists and 11 power-play goals and is tied for second on the team in plus-minus rating with +15 and shorthand goals with two. Selected in the seventh round (207th overall) by Boston in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Barber ranks third on the Gulls with 74 points (29g-45a) and 26 power-play points (11g-15a) while ranking fourth in power-play assists with 15 and game-winning goals with four.