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In the Pipeline: 4.6.15

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers takes a look at Panthers in the pipeline in San Antonio (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL) and more in the Apr. 6 prospect report.


(43-21-5-1, third in AHL Western Conference)

Last Two

April 2 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Adirondack Flames (5-4 W)

April 4 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Adirondack Flames (7-3 L)

Berthday Bash

With a 5-4 win over Adirondack on April 2, the Rampage clinched a 2015 Calder Cup Playoff berth. F Corban Knight earned first star of the game honors after scoring twice. F Mark Mancari, F Wade Megan and F Quinton Howden all found the back of the net as well in the win. G Michael Houser stopped 20 of 24 shots faced in the contest to improve his record to 19-9-3.

College Graduation

F Kyle Rau and D Michael Matheson made their professional debuts together on Apr. 4 against the Flames. On his first shot in the AHL, Rau recorded his first professional career goal. 

On March 29, the Panthers signed Rau to an entry-level contract. 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 Apr. 1, the Panthers signed Matheson to an entry-level contract. Matheson, 21, played in 112 games with Boston College (2012-2015), recording 71 points (14-57—71). This season, the junior blueliner, led all Boston College defensemen in scoring, recording 25 points (3-22—25) in 38 games played.

The Kids Are Alright

The Rampage have two AHL rookies on their roster who have reached the 40-point mark this season.

-F Connor Brickley – 43 points (21-22—43)

-F Rocco Grimaldi – 40 points (12-28—40)

Lighting the Lamp

The Rampage have three players who have reached 20-plus goals this season:

-F Bobby Butler – 27 goals

-F Connor Brickley – 21 goals

-F Garrett Wilson – 21 goals

Next Up

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

April 10 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (7:30 p.m. CDT)

April 11 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins (7:00 p.m. CDT)


(31-29-2-7, 9th in ECHL Eastern Conference)

Last Four

March 31 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Toledo Walleye (3-2 OTW)

April 3 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Indy Fuel (4-2 W)

April 4 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Evansville Icemen (4-0 W)

Storm Surging

The Cyclones ride a three-game winning streak heading into this week as they look to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for a third consecutive season. The Cyclones (71 pts.) currently sit two points away from the Kalamazoo Wings for eighth in the ECHL Eastern Conference. The Cyclones have three games remaining in the regular season.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Bailey

Final Three

Apr. 8 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Fort Wayne Komets (7:30 p.m. EDT)

Apr. 10 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Toledo Walleye (7:15 p.m. EDT)

Apr. 11 – Cincinnati Cyclones at Fort Wayne Komets (7:30 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 seven points (4-3—7) in four 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 six points (3-3—6) in five playoff games for Brandon.

-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 two points (1-1—2) and eight penalty minutes in four playoff games for 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 11 penalty minutes in five playoff games with Oshawa.


- 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. A Hobey Baker finalist, Hyman finished his season leading Michigan and the Big Ten in scoring, while finishing tied for ninth in the nation in scoring. 

Photo Courtesy of John Quackenbos

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

Download the full PDF prospect report for April 6, 2015 here.

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