Australian Nathan Walker has made a strong start to the 2016-17 AHL season, picking up 11 points in the Hershey Bears’ first 19 games.

Having appeared in all but two of those games, Walker has lit the lamp six times and assisted in five others, as the Bears picked up where they left off last season. Through 19 games, the team from Chocolate Town owns an impressive 11-4-3 record which sees them just two points behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the Atlantic Division.

Following on from a breakout 2015-16 season which saw 22-year-old Walker score 17 times on the way to tallying 41 points, the aggressive left wing has scored twice on two occasions already this month, against the Utica Comets on the 16th and the Springfield Thunderbirds on the 25th. His impressive form continues to send frequent reminders to the Washington Capitals coaching staff, who know they’ll have a replacement available should injury or illness strike.

Prior to the season commencing last month, Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz once again lumped praise on the gritty young Australian, noting that Walker’s NHL debut will come in due course. Until that day, hockey fans all around Australia will wait with bated breath.