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Kyle Rau Records his First AHL Goal in his First Professional Game

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

Last night in San Antonio, F Kyle Rau and D Michael Matheson made their professional debuts in the San Antonio Rampage’s 7-3 loss to the Adirondack Flames.

On Rau’s first shot in the AHL, he opened the scoring for the Rampage in the first period, recording his first professional goal in his AHL debut.

“I’m excited for him,” said Rau’s friend and former University of Minnesota teammate Nick Bjugstad. “He’s going to bring a lot to this team eventually. He’ll find his way up. He’s been a little guy since he was a pee-wee and at every level he’s proved himself. I don’t think he’s going to have a hard time doing that wherever he is. He just knows how to score goals and find ways around the net. I was comparing him earlier to a guy like [Montreal Canadiens forward] Brendan Gallagher. He’s gritty, kind of annoying to play against, which is good to have on your team.”

Rau was selected by Florida in the third round (91st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Paired with D Jonathan Racine, Matheson finished the game with two penalty minutes in his pro debut.

Matheson was selected by Florida in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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