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In the Pipeline 3.30.15

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers takes a look at Panthers in the pipeline in San Antonio (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL) and more in the March 30 prospect report.


(42-20-5-1, first in AHL Western Conference)

Last Three

March 25 – San Antonio Rampage at Milwaukee Admirals (4-3 SO)

March 27 – San Antonio Rampage at Iowa Wild (1-0 W)

March 28 – San Antonio Rampage at Iowa Wild (4-1 W)

Making History

With a 4-1 win over Iowa on March 28, the Rampage surpassed three franchise milestones. San Antonio set a new record for consecutive wins (8), road wins in a season (21) and most wins in a single month (11). San Antonio is 9-1-0-0 in their last ten games and are 11-1-0-1 in the month of March.

In the contest, F John McFarland, F Dany Heatley, F Bobby Butler and F Wade Megan recorded goals for the Rampage. G Sam Brittain turned aside 31 of 32 shots to earn a win in his first AHL start and did not allow a goal for the first two periods.

How the West Was Won

The Rampage currently sit in first place in the AHL Western Conference. With eight games remaining in the season, San Antonio will face eight Western teams including two West Division clubs.

Photo Courtesy of Reese Strickland

Between the Pipes

In six consecutive starts G Michael Houser has earned six wins to improve to an 18-9-3 record on the season. Houser earned his second shutout of the season on March 27 against Iowa (1-0 W).

Bringing the Heat

Since joining the Rampage on March 4, Heatley has recorded eight points (6-2—8) in 12 games played and has notched five points (3-2—5) in his last five games.

Going Pro

On March 29, the Florida Panthers signed F Kyle Rau to an entry-level contract. Rau has been assigned to San Antonio on an amateur try-out. Rau, 22, played in 160 games for the University of Minnesota (2011-2015), recording 164 points (67-97—164). Rau was selected by Florida in the third round (91st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

On March 20, the Florida Panthers signed G Colin Stevens to an entry-level contract. Stevens, 21 has been assigned to San Antonio. The Niskayuna, NY native played 90 games for Union College (2011-2015), posting a 53-24-6 record and leading the team to the 2014 NCAA National Championship.

Photo Courtesy of Union College

Next Up

April 2 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Adirondack Flames (7:00 p.m. CDT)

April 4 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Adirondack Flames (7:00 p.m. CDT)

April 7 – San Antonio Rampage at Oklahoma City Barons (7:00 p.m. CDT)


(28-29-2-7, 11th in ECHL Eastern Conference)

Last Four

March 25 – Cincinnati Cyclones vs. South Carolina (4-3 SOL)

March 27 – Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Evansville Icemen (4-2 W)

March 28 – Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Fort Wayne Komets (4-3 OTL)

March 29 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Wheeling Nailers (4-3 L)

Return of the Mack

Since D MacKenzie Weegar’s return to the Cyclones (March 23), the 21 year old rides a four-game assist streak (0-4—4). The Ottawa, Ontario native has recorded ten points (1-9—10) in 15 games with Cincinnati this season.

Next Up

March 31 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Toledo Walleye (7:35 p.m. EDT)

April 3 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Indy Fuel (7:35 p.m. EDT)

April 4 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Evansville Icemen (7:35 p.m. EDT)


- 2013 draft choice Christopher Clapperton (fifth round, 122nd overall) has posted 76 points (35-41—76) in 61 regular season games with a plus-33 rating for Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Clapperton has posted four points (2-2—4) in two playoff games for Rimouski.

- 2014 draft choice Jayce Hawryluk (second round, 32nd overall) has posted 65 points (30-35—65) in 54 regular season games with a plus-42 rating for the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Hawryluk has recorded three goals in three playoff games with Brandon.

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-2014 draft choice Juho Lammikko (third round, 65th overall) has posted 44 points (18-26—44) in 64 regular season games with a plus-23 rating for the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL). Lammikko has recorded six PIM in two playoff games with Kingston.

- 2013 draft choice Josh Brown (sixth round, 152nd overall) has posted a junior career-best 21 points (4-17—21) and plus-49 rating in 60 regular season games with the Oshawa Generals (OHL). Brown serves as Oshawa’s Captain. Brown has recorded seven PIM in two playoff games with Oshawa.


Photo Courtesy of University of Michigan Athletic Department

- 2013 draft choice D Michael Downing (fourth round, 97th overall) has 22 points (6-16—22) in 36 games for the University of Michigan. The sophomore finished second on Michigan in points among defensemen and tied for second among defensemen in goals. Among the Big Ten conference defensemen, Downing finished his season third in points.

- 2010 draft choice Zach Hyman (fifth round, 123rd overall) has posted 54 points (22-32—54) in 37 games for the University of Michigan. Hyman finished his season leading Michigan and the Big Ten in scoring, while finishing tied for ninth in the nation in scoring. Hyman was recently named a finalist for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, an honor bestowed upon the top NCAA Men’s ice hockey player in the nation.

- 2013 draft choice Michael Matheson (first round, 23rd overall) has 25 points (3-22—25) in 38 games for Boston College and serves as the team’s Captain. Matheson finished the season leading Boston College in points among defensemen. Matheson’s 22 assists leads all Boston College players.

Photo Courtesy of John Quackenbos - Boston College

- 2013 draft choice Ian McCoshen (second round, 31st overall) has recorded 16 points (6-10—16) in 35 games for Boston College.

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