One of Norfolk’s best performers gets rewarded
Standout Ads rookie Scott Allen signed an AHL contract with the Bakersfield Condors yesterday, per the club. Allen came over from the Missouri Mavericks and made an immediate impact in Norfolk. Throughout the year, he was one of the club’s most consistent goal scorers. A late hand injury caused him to miss most of March and all of April. Edmonton, via Bakersfield, is banking on Allen to be a prospect beyond next season.
It’s too early to tell if Allen will start the season in Bakersfield or with the Admirals. The AHL deal does make it clear he will only go to the Condors, as opposed any other team. There is the outside chance Bakersfield decides to send Allen to a different ECHL team. I find the possibility of this very slim because they have an affiliation deal in place. I would say it’s more than likely Allen plays somewhat in Norfolk next year, but he has definitely earned an AHL deal.
Bakersfield also announced the AHL signing of Joey Benik to an AHL contract. He’s a winger from St. Cloud State who finished tied for fourth in scoring in the NCHC. The three guys in front of him? National Champion North Dakota’s vaunted CBS line. Benik finished only three points behind Drake Caggiula, who’s currently entertaining NHL offers. Benik likely plays all of next season in the AHL with those numbers, but there’s the outside chance he sees some action with the Admirals.