Fort Wayne Komets defensemen Drew Daniels and Jordon Southorn and Orlando Solar Bears defenseman Eric Baier are the AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performers of the Month for October after sharing the league lead with a plus-minus rating of +7.
Daniels and Southorn were both even or better in five of the Komets’ six games in October with Daniels posting a +3 on Oct. 24 against Indy and Southorn notching a +3 on Oct. 16 at Kalamazoo. Baier posted an even or better rating in five of the Solar Bears’ games during the month and was a +3 on Oct. 22 against Norfolk.
Daniels, who last season shared the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Year Award with a +46 rating, is second among ECHL defensemen with seven assists and tied for third with seven points this season. He has 58 points (6g-52a) in 135 career ECHL games with Fort Wayne, Utah and Cincinnati.
Southorn is tied for third among ECHL defensemen with three goals and he has recorded 113 points (37g-76a) in 219 career ECHL games with Fort Wayne, Gwinnett, Elmira, Trenton and Wheeling while adding 11 points (2g-9a) in 29 career American Hockey League games with Providence and Portland.
Baier is tied for first among ECHL defensemen with eight points (1g-7a) this season. He has 81 points (26g-55a) in 229 career ECHL games with Orlando, Trenton and Reading and he has tallied five points (2g-3a) in 44 career AHL games with Portland, Albany, Rockford, Providence and Charlotte.
In recognition of their accomplishment, AMI Graphics will present Drew Daniels, Jordon Southorn and Eric Baier with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month Banner during an on-ice ceremony at an upcoming home game.
Top Plus Performer(s) for Each Club: Adirondack – David Shields (+5); Alaska – Justin Breton (+5); Allen – Greger Hanson and Eric Roy (+4); Atlanta – Max Everson (+2); Brampton – Josiah Didier (+1); Cincinnati – Jack Downing, Garrett Noonan and Eric Robinson (+6); Colorado – Colin Joe and Ludwig Karlsson (+1); Elmira – Colin Jacobs and Nick Zappia (+6); Evansville – Jarret Lukin (+1); Florida – Ethan Werek (+4); Greenville – Troy Donnay (+4); Idaho – Brandon Magee (+4); Indy – Rhett Bly and Nick Mattson (+2); Kalamazoo – Anton Cederholm and Ben Wilson (+3); Manchester – Derek Arnold, Michael Boivin, Josh Brown, Maxim Kitsyn, Gasper Kopitar and Matt Mackenzie (+2); Missouri – Tyler Barnes, Colin Markison and Jesse Root (+4); Norfolk – Joe Marciano (0); Quad City – Mike Monfredo (+3); Rapid City – Daniel O’Donoghue (+5); Reading – Maxim Lamarche (+6); South Carolina – Andrew Johnston (+3); Toledo – Jared Nightingale (+4); Tulsa – Brian Nugent (+4); Utah – Shayne Taker (+6); Wheeling – Mike Gunn (+5) and Wichita – Dan Milan and Peter Sakaris (+4).