News | 6/26/2013 2:55:07 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
| Brian Flynn (Photo: Micheline Veluvolu)
A numerical and statistical look at rookie forward Brian Flynn’s first professional season with the Rochester Americans during the 2012-13 American Hockey League season.
Flynn’s Wild Ride
The 2012-13 season might not have started out the way Flynn envisioned it when he was sitting out of Rochester’s Home Opener as a healthy scratch, but the first-year forward was inserted into the lineup the very next day and quickly strung together one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in recent memory. In 45 AHL games with the Amerks this season, the Lynnfield, Mass., native recorded 32 points on 16 goals and 16 assists en route to earning Rookie of the Year honors. His remarkable play throughout the season would soon prompt a very deserving recall to the Buffalo Sabres, where he added 11 points (6+5) in 26 games with the big club prior to returning to Rochester for the Calder Cup Playoffs. Flynn’s 11 points placed him second to only Marcus Foligno, who led all Sabres rookies with 18 points (5+13) in 47 games.
A ‘Flynn-Tastic’ November
Flynn compiled a nine-game point streak to begin the month of November, recording 15 points on seven goals and eight assists in that span. Flynn’s only scoreless outing in November came in a 4-1 setback to Toronto on Nov. 30, snapping what was the longest point streak by an Amerk in three years and the fourth-longest in the AHL during the 2012-13 campaign. Included in Flynn’s point streak was his first career hat trick, which came in a 5-2 win over Albany on Nov. 23 in front of nearly 9,000 fans at The Blue Cross Arena. Flynn ranked fifth in the AHL in scoring during the month of November, behind only Oklahoma City’s Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz and Taylor Hall and Houston’s Justin Fontaine.
The Scoring Touch
The Amerks were 11-2-0-0 in the 13 games that Flynn scored a goal, including a 3-1-0-0 mark in November during his extraordinary nine-game point streak.
BY THE NUMBERS...
Scored three goals on his way to single-handedly outscoring the opposition in Rochester’s 5-2 win over the Albany Devils on Nov. 23. The hat trick would tie for the most goals scored in a game this season with Mark Mancari, who also matched the feat with a three-goal night against Toronto on Feb. 1.
Flynn would also add an assist in the game, giving the rookie forward his first career four-point game, the second-best offensive output by any Amerk in a game this season.
Led all Rochester freshmen with six power-play goals and ranked tied for second-most overall on the team in that category.
Amassed seven multi-point outings, including a four-point game and a pair of two-goal outings.
Assembled a season-long nine-game point streak between Nov. 2 and Nov. 28, which then was the second-longest active point streak and the longest active assist streak in the AHL.
Ranked tied for first among Amerks rookies with 99 shots on goal.
Became the 288th Sabre in franchise history to a score a goal when he netted his first NHL goal against Johan Hedberg and the New Jersey Devils on Mar. 7.
Notable Rookie Season Milestones
Pro playoff debut Apr. 27 at Toronto (Game 1 Western Conference Quarterfinals)
First NHL assist Mar. 12 vs. New York Rangers
First NHL goal Mar. 7 vs. New Jersey
NHL debut Mar. 2 vs. New Jersey
First career hat trick Nov. 23 vs. Albany
First multi-goal game Nov. 3 at Hamilton
First professional goal Oct. 19 vs. Grand Rapids