The American Hockey League season is officially over. Which means it’s time to change gears and bring you offseason coverage. I’m kicking things off with a quick full season by the numbers recap for the Cleveland Monsters. Then, for the next 14 weeks, I’ll be releasing season series recaps and reviews based on each team the Monsters played.
Let’s have some fun with numbers.
A typical season for the Cleveland Monsters consists of 76 games. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Monsters finished 14 games shy of a full season. Playing against 14 different teams the Monsters posted a 24-31-5-2 record. Unfortunately, this placed the Monsters at the bottom of the North division and second to last in the league.
Adam Clendening led the Monsters with 41 points placing him 5th in the league among defenders. He also was number one of the team with 34 assists. Ryan MacInnis was the only Monsters who was able to get close to Clendening on the leaderboard with 23 assists and 30 points.
Fourty-one is also the number of players who donned a Monsters sweater during the 2019-20 season. Despite the number of injuries the Monsters and Jackets faced, this is the second least amount of roster players since they became the affiliate of the Jackets. The most was during the 2016-17 season when 48 players were on the roster.
It’s no secret the Monsters had one of the best penalty kills in the league for the first half of the season. Part of this is due to the 11 short handed goals they scored against the opposition. Those 11 shorties placed the Monsters in a tie for 4th place in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.
At the start of the 2019 free agency, the Blue Jackets decided to set Sam Vigneault loose. The Monsters decided to take a leap of faith and bring him back on an AHL only contract for the 2019-20 season. Vigneault ended up having the best goal scoring season of his professional career with 11 goals. One more goal and he would have been in a three way tie for 1st on the team with Trey-Fix Wolansky and Stefan Matteau. In keeping up with the number theme, both goal leaders ended the season with a -11.