Left wing Daniel Carr became the second member of the Hamilton Bulldogs to take American Hockey League Rookie of the Month honours. Carr scored eleven goals and an assist in eleven February games to take over the AHL rookie goalscoring lead with eighteen for the season.
Earlier, Carr’s current linemate Charles Hudon was named rookie of the month for November. Hudon continues to lead all AHL rookies in points with 48 (12g, 36a).
Even if the signing of undrafted Carr was under the radar for most of us, the Canadiens scouting department celebrated when general manager Marc Bergevin got his signature on a two year entry level contract only days after his Union College Dutchmen had won the NCAA championhip in April.
Last season, Carr had led Union College in scoring with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) including five assists in four games during the Frozen Four Tournament.
It took him the first half of this season to find his comfort zone in the professional ranks.
On January first after 32 AHL games he had six goals and 6 assists. In January and February, playing mostly with centre Sven Andrighetto and right wing Hudon the 6′ 195lb Alberta-native has scored 13 goals and 19 points in the 25 games.
Carr is one of two outstanding undrafted prospects who signed Canadiens free agent contracts out of U.S. College programmes. The other is Princeton University graduate Mike Condon who has a 2.17 goals against average and a .929 save percentage as an AHL rookie goaltender this season.