FloridaPanthers.com takes a look at Panthers in the pipeline in Cincinnati (ECHL), San Antonio (AHL) and more in Oct. 14's prospect report.
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE
(2-0-0, first in AHL Western Conference)
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Oct. 10 - San Antonio Rampage vs. Iowa Wild (3-2 W)
Oct. 11 - San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons (3-2 W) [OT]
Ready, Set, Rampage
The San Antonio Rampage started the season winning their first two games. Veterans Bobby Butler (1-2-3) Mark Mancari (1-2-3) both recorded three points each in the first two games and currently lead the team in points.
In the team’s first game of the season against the Iowa Wild (Oct.10), Garrett Wilson scored the first Rampage goal of the season off a rebound from a Vincent Trocheck shot.
Rocco Grimaldi recorded the first professional goal of his career in a big way, scoring the overtime game winner against the Oklahoma City Barons (Oct.11), while Trocheck scored his first of the season to get the Rampage on the board against the Barons. Read more on Rocco here.
Both selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Florida, Grimaldi and Trocheck will be looked at for strong offensive play this season, and neither have disappointed so far. The two young American forwards won gold together at the 2013 World Junior Championship with Team USA, and led the way offensively in the final game against Sweden. Defeating the Swedes 3-1, Grimaldi scored the first two goals for USA while Trocheck notched the final tally.
Holding Down the Fort
The team’s back end has been solid at both ends of the ice in the first two games. Blueliner, Blake Parlett leads the team’s defensemen in points after a two assist performance against Oklahoma City, while veteran acquisition Shane O’Brien recorded an assist and a plus-one rating in his debut against the Barons. Alex Petrovic has started the season off nicely with an assist and a team-leading plus-three rating in two games, while Captain Greg Zanon boasts a plus-two rating in two games.
Between the Pipes
Splitting the two back-to-back games, goaltenders Dan Ellis and Michael Houser stood tall for the Rampage and each grabbed a win over the weekend.
In the home opener against the Wild, Ellis stopped 23 of 25 shots and was clutch in the third period. Turning aside 12 shots in the third which included a 6-on-3 shorthanded situation in the games final two minutes, Ellis’ play was key in getting the Rampage their first win of the season.
The following night Houser got the start against the Barons and also stopped 23 of 25 shots in his season debut. The Barons had four power play opportunities in the game as Houser and the Rampage shut down three of their chances.
Quinton Howden suffered an upper-body injury in the season opening matchup against the Wild.
Oct. 17 - San Antonio Rampage vs. Utica Comets (7:30pm)
Oct. 18 - San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons (7:00pm)
(Eastern Conference, ECHL)
A Storm Brewin’
After a trip to the Kelly Cup Finals last season, where the Cyclones were unfortunately unable to defeat the Alaska Aces for the title, Cincinnati comes back fired up this season to return to the Finals and win the team’s third Kelly Cup title in franchise history.
Oct. 18 - Cincinnati Cyclones at Toledo Walleye (7:15pm)
Oct. 25 – Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Kalamazoo Wings (7:30pm)
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-2013 draft choice Christopher Clapperton (fifth round, 122nd overall) has posted 13 points (5-8-13) in his first eight games of the season for Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL).
-2014 draft choice Jayce Hawryluk (second round, 32nd overall) has posted nine points (5-4-9) in seven games for the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Hawryluk notched five points (3-2-5) including two game-winning goals in his first two games of the season.
-2014 draft choice Luho Lammikko (third round, 65th overall) has posted four points (1-3-4) in seven games for the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL).