The AHL today announced that Alex Nedeljkovic has been named to the First All-Star Team and Andrew Poturalski has been named to the Second All-Star Team.
Nedeljkovic is 33-9-5 this season, breaking his own franchise record with his league-leading win total. The netminder also boasts the league’s best goals-against average at 2.25 – another franchise record – leads the league in minutes played, is tied for fourth with four shutouts and ranks sixth in saves. A second-round selection in 2014, Nedeljkovic also made his first NHL start for Carolina this season and earned his first career win.
Poturalski became the second player in franchise history to hit the 70-point mark in a season, currently sitting tied for fourth in the AHL despite missing Charlotte’s last two games due to injury. The 25-year-old ranks fifth in the league with 47 assists this season, a new franchise record, and his 23 goals stand as a new career high for the forward. Poturalski, who served as one of Charlotte’s alternate captains for most of the season, also ranks in the league’s top 10 with six game-winning goals on the season.
Nedeljkovic is the first player in franchise history to earn a spot on the First All-Star Team, while Poturalski joins Zach Boychuk from 2013-14 as the only Second All-Star Team selections. With Jake Bean being named to the All-Rookie Team on Wednesday, the Checkers now have a representative on each of the AHL’s postseason All-Star teams.