Columbus Blue Jackets: Zac Dalpe Still Tearing Up AHL & AHL Updates

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Cleveland Monsters goalie Brad Thiessen (39) is congratulated by Cleveland Monsters left wing Paul Bittner (57), Cleveland Monsters left wing Brett Gallant (44), and Cleveland Monsters center Zac Dalpe (28) following the American Hockey League game between the Toronto Marlies and Cleveland Monsters on November 2, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated Toronto 7-6 in a shootout. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Cleveland Monsters goalie Brad Thiessen (39) is congratulated by Cleveland Monsters left wing Paul Bittner (57), Cleveland Monsters left wing Brett Gallant (44), and Cleveland Monsters center Zac Dalpe (28) following the American Hockey League game between the Toronto Marlies and Cleveland Monsters on November 2, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated Toronto 7-6 in a shootout. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Columbus Blue Jackets contracted forward continues to play very well in the AHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have the best player in the AHL at this point in time on the Cleveland Monsters. The former NHL fringe player Zac Dalpe is leading the league in points and is currently averaging a goal per game with the Monsters.

The forward currently has 19 points through 12 games to start the season with Cleveland, 12 goals and 7 assists.

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WIth the current struggles on the fourth line, it’s surprising that Jarmo Kekalainen hasn’t given Dalpe a look at the NHL level considering his performance in Cleveland. Could Dalpe really be any worse than Lukas Sedlak has been to start the year? Likely not.

Vitaly Abramov has disappointed so far this year with Cleveland, as the Blue Jackets prospect currently only has a stat line of 2-2-4 through the first 12 games. While it’s not necessarily a bad start, it’s nowhere near what Blue Jackets and Monsters fans had hoped for.

Gabriel Carlsson and Mark Letestu have been great for the Monsters as well, both have played nine games and they have six and seven points respectively.

Sonny Milano went pointless in his AHL debut for the season, however that’ll likely change within a couple games.

Paul Bittner is currently a point per game, which is great news for a prospect who had seemingly fallen off the Columbus Blue Jackets’ radar.

Eric Robinson has slowed down a bit from the start of the season, but he’s still just under the point per game mark. He could easily get back to the level he was on to start the season.

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The Monsters have been in a bit of a slump lately, however they certainly still have promise and they’ll look to move into first place in the division tonight if they can take down the leading Rochester Americans.