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In the Pipeline: Oct. 19, 2015

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Portland Pirates swept their first home series of the season, while some of the Panthers top prospects in Junior hockey make an early impact. takes a look at the Cats’ rising young talent in the Oct. 19 prospect report.


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Oct. 11 – Portland Pirates at Providence Bruins (6-4 L)

Oct. 17 – Portland Pirates vs. Hershey Bears (3-2 W)

Oct. 18 – Portland Pirates vs. Hershey Bears (5-2 W)

Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney

Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney


Portland’s home opening weekend resulted in back-to-back wins against the Hershey Bears.

In Saturday’s home opener at Cross Insurance Arena, Logan Shaw scored twice to lead the Pirates, while Wade Megan recorded the game-winner. Captain Brent Regner notched two assists in the contest as goaltender Mike McKenna turned aside 24 of 26 shots to earn his first win of the season.

In game two of the weekend series, the Pirates scored five goals to beat the Bears. Kyle Rau and Rob Schremp each scored twice to spearhead the 5-2 victory. John McFarland scored the game’s final goal on a successful penalty shot attempt. In Sam Brittain’s first start of the season, the rookie goaltender made 17 saves on 19 shots.

Photo Courtesy of Mike McSweeney


Rookie Forward Kyle Rau has opened the season in a big way. With four points (3-1-4) in his first three games, Rau is tied with Rob Schremp (3-1-4) for the team lead in scoring. Rau made his professional debut at the tail-end of last season with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), recording three points (2-1-3) in seven games.

The 22-year old is the former captain of the University of Minnesota, where he played four seasons (2011-15). Rau played 160 games for the University of Minnesota (2011-2015), recording 164 points (67-97—164), while becoming the first Minnesota player to reach the 150-point mark since Troy Riddle in 2004.


Oct. 23 – Portland Pirates vs. Albany Devils (7:00 p.m.)

Oct. 24 – Portland Pirates vs. Albany Devils (5:05 p.m.)


Florida’s 2015 first round pick (11th overall), Lawson Crouse played his first two games of the season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League this past weekend. In the two games, Crouse notched two points (1-1-2).

Crouse’s first goal of the season came courtesy of a setup by fellow Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko.

Crouse continued to make big plays in his return, including this diving one-handed pass to orchestrate Kingston’s overtime game-winning goal against the Oshawa Generals.

Photo Courtesy of  Brandon Wheat Kings & WHL

Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk has gotten off to an explosive start to the season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. With 17 points (8-9-17) in his first eight games, the Panthers 2014 second round pick (32nd overall) leads the Wheat Kings in scoring while ranking sixth in the WHL in scoring. Hawryluk recorded back-to-back five-point nights (Oct. 3 – 6), following it up with a four-point night in the following game. Hawryluk currently rides a six-game point streak. 

Hawryluk was recently named to Team WHL for the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series.

Panthers 2015 third round pick (77th overall) Samuel Montembeault will also be a part of the 2015 Canada-Russia Series as a member of Team QMJHL. 


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