Jeff Parsons, St. John's IceCaps
For the second year in a row, Zach Redmond has been selected to the AHL All-Star Game.
If you didn't know Zach Redmond's name a year and a half ago, you certainly do now.
The 24-year old Winnipeg Jets' prospect has literally burst on the scene, flourishing into one of the top offensive-defensemen the AHL has to offer. Redmond's been so effective in fact, that he has earned his second straight invitation to participate in the AHL All-Star game as a member of the Eastern Conference squad.
For the better part of the 2012-13 season, Redmond had been relied upon to carry the scoring load as fellow IceCaps Jason Jaffray and like-minded defenseman Paul Postma were held out of the line-up while nursing injuries. With the increased role, Redmond hasn't missed a beat as evidenced by his team leading 95 shots on goal. Not to mention he's already accumulated as many goals this season as he had the entire year prior (8) and ranks slightly behind Postma as the team's highest scoring defensemen.
Redmond's constant statistical improvement has gone a long way in the eyes of True North Sports and Entertainment, who offered him a training camp invite slightly over a week ago.
And while it's unlikely that he begins carving his niche in the NHL this season, he's definitely put himself on the radar as a viable candidate for recall should a rash of injuries wipe out an already thin Jets' blueline.
Redmond was the sole IceCaps' representative selected to the AHL All-Star Game, which will take place the weekend of January 27-28 in Providence, Rhode Island.