FloridaPanthers.com takes a look at Panthers in the pipeline in San Antonio (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL) and more in the April 20 prospect report.
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE
(45-23-7-1, third in AHL Western Conference)
2015 Calder Cup Playoffs First Round vs. Oklahoma City Barons
April 14 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars (3-2 L)
April 17 – San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars (3-2 L)
April 18 – San Antonio Rampage at Texas Stars (4-3 OTL)
San Antonio dropped the final three decisions of the season against their intrastate rivals, Texas. F Wade Megan and F Vincent Trocheck each recorded a goal in both of San Antonio’s last two games against the Stars.
The Rampage will face their West Division rivals, the Oklahoma City Barons in the first round of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs. This season, San Antonio owned a 9-1-2 regular season record against Oklahoma City. Many Rampage players will be making their AHL postseason debuts, as only six players on the San Antonio roster have played in the Calder Cup Playoffs during their careers.
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 23 – San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 25 – San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 29 – Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8:00 p.m. EDT
*Game 4 – Fri., May 1 – Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. EDT
*Game 5 – Sat., May 2 – Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Keep an Eye on...
F Connor Brickley
In his first professional season, Brickley recorded 47 points (22-25—47) in 73 games to finish second in points and third in goals among Rampage players, while ranking sixth in points among all AHL rookies. The former Vermont Catamount was selected by Florida in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
F Rocco Grimaldi
With 42 points (14-28—42) in 64 games for his first professional season, Grimaldi ranked fourth in assists and fifth in points among the Silver and Black. Grimaldi also saw seven games of NHL action with the Panthers this season, recording his first NHL goal on November 22 in Nashville. The Rossmoor, California native was selected by Florida in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
F Quinton Howden
After missing much of the season due to injury, Howden has bounced back quite well, notching 18 points (3-15—18) in 33 games this season. Howden has played 34 NHL games for Florida (2012-14), recording six points (4-2—6). The Oak Bank, Manitoba was selected by Florida in the first round (25th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
D Alex Petrovic
Named an AHL All-Star this season, Petrovic has split 2014-15 between the AHL and NHL. Recording 20 points (3-17—20) in 41 games for the Rampage, the 6’4”, 206 lb. defender also notched three assists in 33 games for the Panthers. The Edmonton, Alberta native was selected by Florida in the second round (36th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
F Vincent Trocheck
Like Petrovic, Trocheck split time between the AHL and NHL this season. In 23 games with the Rampage, Trocheck recorded 19 points (8-11—19). Most of Trocheck’s season was spent playing with the Panthers where he notched 22 points (7-15—22) in 50 games played. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was selected by Florida in the third round (64th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
F Garrett Wilson
In his fourth season with the Rampage, Wilson has notched AHL career-high numbers in goals (23) and points (38). Wilson’s 23 tallies mark his first AHL 20-goal season, while ranking him second on the Rampage in goals. Wilson played two games with Florida this season. The Elmvale, Ontario native was selected by Florida in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.
- 2013 draft choice Christopher Clapperton (fifth round, 122nd overall) finished the regular season with 76 points (35-41—76) in 61 games and a +33 rating for Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Clapperton has posted 15 points (9-6—15) in nine playoff games for Rimouski. Clapperton and the Oceanic have advanced to the third round of the 2015 QMJHL Playoffs, defeating the Gatineau Olympiques 4-1 in their most recent series. Rimouski will play Val-d'Or in the semifinals.
- 2014 draft choice Jayce Hawryluk (second round, 32nd overall) finished the regular season with 65 points (30-35—65) in 54 games and a +42 rating for the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). Hawryluk has recorded nine points (5-4—9) in seven playoff games for Brandon. Hawryluk and the Wheat Kings have advanced to the third round of the 2015 WHL playoffs, defeating the Regina Pats 4-1 in their most recent series. Brandon is set to face the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Eastern Conference Finals.
- 2013 draft choice Josh Brown (sixth round, 152nd overall) finished the regular season with a junior career-best 21 points (4-17—21) and plus-49 rating in 60 games with the Oshawa Generals (OHL). Brown serves as Oshawa’s Captain. Brown has recorded two points (1-1—2) and 11 penalty minutes in ten playoff games with Oshawa. Brown and the Generals advanced to the third round of the 2015 OHL playoffs, defeating the Niagara Icedogs 4-1 in their most recent series. Oshawa is set to face the North Bay Battalion in the OHL Eastern Conference Finals.
Florida signed Brown to an entry-level contract on April 9.
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