ANAS SHINES DURING 19-20 SEASONMay 18, 2020
Congrats are in order to Sam Anas and Gerry Mayhew on their AHL awards from last week.
ICYMI – here’s a link to the league’s press release: https://theahl.com/wild-anas-mayhew-ahl-scoring-titles
With this in mind, I thought it was appropriate to dig a bit deeper into the outstanding season posted by both Sammy and #GerryTime. Today, we’ll begin with #7 Sam Anas, the undersized right winger who has spent his entire AHL career with the Iowa Wild and is currently the franchise’s all-time leading scorer (197 points).
Right off the hop, one must note their success is predicated on one another and their fellow Wild teammates. Both players stressed that when I chatted with them last week and it’s pretty obvious, right? Sam Anas doesn’t end up with a league-leading 50 assists and 70 points without his teammates burying the biscuit, and Gerald Alfano Mayhew isn’t able to light up AHL goaltenders to the degree he routinely does without guys like Anas, etc. putting the puck on his tape.
Now that the stick tap to the other 20-plus Iowa skaters is on the table, here we go:
SAM ANAS – 20 GOALS, 50 ASSISTS = 70 PTS. (63 GAMES PLAYED)
- Factored into 36.6% of the total goals (not including shootouts) by the Wild over the course of the 63-game season
- Accumulated 42 power play points, THE MOST IN THE AHL SINCE 2013-14, when Toronto Marlies defenseman T.J. Brennan record 44 in 76 games
- Iowa wound up with 58 power play goals this season – thus, Anas found his name on the scoresheet 72.4% of the time the Wild’s power play converted
- Racked up 19 multiple point efforts, which led the club and set a new franchise record
- Registered 11 multiple assist games, including a ridiculous 6 times where he earned 3 assists
- From January 1 until the season was halted on March 12, Anas led the AHL with 39 points (11g, 28a) in 29 games
- Recorded a point or more in 13 of the 17 games following the All-Star break, totaling 24 points
- Those 24 points led the entire league, as did his 18 helpers
- Of all AHL skaters with at least 50 games played, only Utica’s Reid Boucher (1.26) had a higher points / game average – Anas finished second at 1.11
- Haunted the following divisional opponents to the tune of:
- Chicago Wolves: 7 points (1g, 6a) in 6 games
- Grand Rapids Griffins: 6 pints (2g, 4a) in 6 games
- Manitoba Moose: 10 points (5g, 5a) in 6 games
- Milwaukee Admirals: 5 pints (1g, 4a) in 5 games
- Rockford IceHogs: 7 points (all assists) in 4 games
- San Antonio Rampage: 5 points (all assists) in 4 games
- Texas Stars: 9 pints (4g, 5a) in 8 games
- Silencing the opposing fan base: In 32 road games….13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points
- Longest stretch without a point was a four-game span from 10/25 – 11/1 (surprisingly the Wild went 2-1-1-0 over that stretch, which speaks to the team’s depth)
I dug up most of these numbers on my own, so I apologize if there’s a typo or math issue (I majored in Communications, after all). Also, a big thank you to Jacob Born, our Communications Director, who kept our stats updated all year long and to Keith Paulsen, Iowa Wild’s video coach, for providing me with the road game stat.
Check back in a few days as I go inside the numbers on Mayhew’s 39-goal campaign.
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