AHL's Leading Scorer to Wear Vancouver's Orca

Mike ThompsonCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2008

Jason Krog (born October 9. 1975 in Fernie, British Columbia) has had a very successful career in the American Hockey League (AHL). He has won numerous awards for his outstanding play:

1996-1997: HE - All-Star Team
1996-1997: NCAA - East Second All-American Team
1997-1998: HE - First All-Star Team
1998-1999: HE - First All-Star Team
1998-1999: HE - Player of the Year
1998-1999: Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player)
1998-1999: NCAA - Championship All-Tournament Team
1998-1999: NCAA - East First All-American Team
2007-2008: AHL - First All-Star Team (Center)
2007-2008: AHL - Jack Butterfield Trophy (Calder Cup playoffs MVP)
2007-2008: AHL - John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading scorer)
2007-2008: AHL - Les Cunningham Plaque (MVP)
2007-2008: AHL - Willie Marshall Award (Leading goal scorer)

Although his AHL career may be glittering with diamonds, his NHL career might have a different say in the matter. He was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders, May 14, 1999, getting zero goals and three assists. On July 17, 2002, he was signed as a free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, scoring ten goals and getting fifteen assists. Later on, he was then signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers on July 4, 2006, where he produced one goal and three assists. Next, he was claimed on waivers by the New York Rangers from Atlanta, January 12, 2007, where he got two goals. Finally, he was claimed by waivers yet again, by the Atlanta Thrashers from New York.

Now, after all that, the Vancouver Canucks have signed Jason Krog as a free agent, to a one year, $500,000 US deal.

Is it even worth the money?

Even though Jason Krog has put up unbelievable numbers in the AHL (in the 2007-2008 season, he was the leading goal scorer for the entire league), it has been proven that he is not of NHL caliber. His 5"11 stature is on the smallish side, which could lead to many injuries, which is common to the NHL.

But, thinking on the positive side (as a Vancouver Canuck fan myself), he has solid offensive skills, he skates extremely well and isn't afraid to get himself into tight situations. All in all, he could be an excellent fourth line forward if coach Alain Vigneault feels so.