It’s arguably the biggest personal milestone in Sam Anas’ career. It just isn’t exactly how he drew it up. The Iowa Wild right winger was home in Maryland – two months removed from his last game – when he officially secured the AHL’s scoring title May 11. The news came over email as the AHL announced the cancelation of its season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think it could always have a little bit of a remembrance that it was in the coronavirus season,” said Anas, who had a league-best 70 points in 63 games. “But in the end, it’s something pretty special I can look back on and really appreciate.”
For the fourth-year pro – a pending UFA still looking to make his NHL debut – the personal accolades are significant. With NHL teams potentially returning this summer with expanded rosters, the 26-year-old could earn his first call up.
“It’s something that’s in my head,” he said.
That possibility fuelled Anas in recent weeks as he remained in Iowa through the end of April, taking advantage of the flat terrain and rollerblading regularly. He also had a decent setup during quarantine, working out and lifting in a makeshift gym that Iowa’s strength coach John Odgers assembled in his garage.