Gladiators' Nesbitt takes league honor



DULUTH — Gwinnett Gladiators forward Derek Nesbitt was named the ECHL player of the month and the plus performer of the month for October on Thursday.

In seven games for Gwinnett, Nesbitt had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) with Gwinnett and was a plus-10.

His points during October led the league in scoring and he shares the top spot in points in the ECHL. His plus-minus rating was No. 1 in the league.

The 28-year-old was also named the player of the week from Oct. 18-24. He scored a hat trick that including two short-handed goals in a single game against the South Carolina Stingrays. The next night against Florida, Nesbitt potted two goals, including the game-winner.

Nesbitt is in his third stint in Gwinnett. He ranked third in scoring with 69 points (26 goals, 43 assists) during his rookie campaign with Gwinnett in 2005-06 and helped the Gladiators advance to the Kelly Cup finals. He then earned his first call up to the American Hockey League while with Gwinnett during the 2007-08 season. At the time of his recall, Nesbitt led the Gladiators in scoring with 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists) before joining the Rockford IceHogs for the rest of that season.

He played the better part of three seasons in the AHL before re-signing with Gwinnett this summer.