*Photo courtesy of Kitchener Rangers
Heading into the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY, 18-year old Adam Mascherin had been raising some eyebrows with his lethal shot and knack for finding the back of the net.
When the Florida Panthers were ready to make their selection in the second round at the 38th position, they didn't think twice about scooping up the Maple, Ont., native. Not the most physically imposing player on the ice, the 5-foot-10, 206-pound winger has shown the Panthers that he could develop into a difference maker down the line in South Florida.
With 74 points (28-46-74) in just 42 games this season with Kitchener, Mascherin sits atop the Ontario Hockey League in points as well as assists and power play assists (22). On a current nine-game point streak (3-15-18), the 2016 second rounder recorded a season-high nine shots on goal on Jan. 17 against the Windsor Spitfires and notched his 28th goal in the process. Most of his season, Mascherin has played alongside Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco (17-36-53). With Bracco heading to play for Team USA at the World Junior Championship and then being traded to Windsor, Mascherin has been without Bracco on his line for over a month. Without his former linemate, Mascherin has fared quite well, recording 25 points (6-21-25) in 14 games.
As the OHL's leading scorer, Mascherin is in a unique position as he pushes towards the OHL scoring title. If Mascherin could claim the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, he would be the first 18-year old Kitchener Ranger to win the award.
The Panthers currently have two former Eddie Powers Trophy winners on their roster in Vincent Trocheck (2013) and Michael Sgarbossa (2012).
ICYMI: Check out FloridaPanthers.com's recent write-up about Mascherin, courtesy of Jameson Olive.
After falling in overtime to the Albany Devils 3-2 on Jan.11, the Springfield Thunderbirds reversed their fortunes on Friday the 13th, topping Albany in another 3-2 OT game.
After falling behind by one in the first frame, Brody Sutter and Anthony Greco set up Dylan McIlrath for his first goal as a Thunderbird in the second period. In the third, Greco earned his second assist of the game on the game-tying goal from Matt MacKenzie.
Brody Sutter registered his second helper of the game as he found Shane Harper speeding in for a breakaway goal in OT.
If you missed Mike McKenna's edition of AHL on the Beat from last week check it out below! McKenna talks his NHL debut in 2009, his love of "fine reptilian pottery" and more.
Samuel Montembeault (2015 third round) is currently riding a four-game win streak. In each of the four games on his streak, Montembeault has only allowed one goal. Montembeault owns a 16-6-0 record with a 2.54 goals against average, 0.909 save percentage and three shutouts this season. He ranks second in the QMJHL in SV%, fourth in GAA, is tied for third in wins and tied for first in shutouts.
Karch Bachman of Miami University (2015 fifth round), scored the game-winning goal in Miami's 6-3 win over fellow Panthers prospect Chris Wilkie's (2015 sixth round) University of North Dakota on Jan. 13.
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