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Panthers Prospect Report: 01.13.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: C          Shoots: Right
Height:   5-11         Weight: 185
Born: 1/23/82 in Port Franks, Ontario
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 15, 2009
The Skinny
This marks the second time that center Jamie Johnson makes the "On Fire" Spotlight, and rightfully so.

Johnson has consistently been the Amerks leading scorer, averaging almost a point a game (38 points in 40 games). He recorded his first hat trick of the season against Binghamton on Sunday, helping Rochester end their five-game losing streak.

The free agent signee currently ranks among the AHL leaders for goals (tied for fifth) and points (tied for eighth).

40 17 21 38 0 16

(23-15-2, 5th in AHL Western Conference)

Friday January 15th at Hamilton (7:30pm)
Saturday January 16th at Syracuse (7:30pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: Despite seeing their losing streak reach a season-high five games, the Rochester Americans returned to their winning ways over the weekend and saw the return of four players back from injury, three of whom have missed 20 or more games. Coming off their first win since December 27th, and with the team continuing its fight to remain among the top of the American Hockey League standings, the reinvigorated Amerks must now turn their attention to a crucial upcoming weekend on the road against two of their fiercest opponents. This week, Rochester will meet the first-place Hamilton Bulldogs in a North Division showdown before renewing the I-90 rivalry with a visit to the War Memorial at Oncenter for a clash with the Syracuse Crunch.

AMERKS RECOVER FROM INJURY BUG: The Amerks welcomed the return of defensemen Rory Fitzpatrick and Luke Beaverson; and goaltenders Alexander Salak and Tyler Plante back from injury this past weekend. The quartet all returned to the lineup Friday night against Grand Rapids. Beaverson is back after missing the most time, having spent 25 games on the IR, while Fitzpatrick was not far behind with 23 games missed due to injury. Salak, who made his first start against the Griffins since December 20th, has been sidelined for the past six games. Plante made his return between the pipes official Saturday afternoon against the Lake Erie Monsters, his first start since November 28th and the first time in net since a four-week long absence.

ALL-STAR BOUND: The AHL announced last week that Amerks defenseman Keaton Ellerby and rookie goaltender Alexander Salak will join veteran forward Graham Mink at the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic. Ellerby will represent the Canadian All-Star squad while Salak will be one of three netminders to man the pipes for the PlanetUSA All-Stars. This year, the All-Star game will be January 18th -19th at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic will feature the 2010 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday, January 18th (8:00 p.m. ET) and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, January 19th (6:00 p.m. ET), and will be televised live nationally in the United States and Canada.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (23-15-2-0, 48 points) enters the week currently second in the North Division and tied for seventh overall in the AHL with the Texas Stars. The Amerks have won 14 of the last 19 on home ice, and have the league’s sixth best winning percentage (.600). The Amerks, who are fifth in the AHL with seven shorthanded goals, have outscored their opponents 118-105 in the last 35 games and have allowed the fifth fewest number of goals in their division with 121. Additionally, their 128 goals for are also the second most in the division. Rochester is fifth in the AHL with a 19.2 power-play percentage and is 15th with an 82.7 penalty-killing percentage.

Forward Jamie Johnson, fresh off a three-goal performance Sunday against Binghamton, currently leads Rochester with a team-high 17 goals and 38 points. Averaging just under a point per game, Johnson is seventh in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 34 points (17+17) in his last 29 outings, while his 17 goals are also fifth best in the league.

Defenseman Clay Wilson, coming off a three-game point streak, is the Amerks’ top playmaker with a team-best 22 assists. Furthermore, the veteran blueliner has a team and league-best 15 assists on the man advantage this season. Wilson, who has 10 points in his last 11 outings, continues to be Rochester’s top scoring defenseman with 26 points (4+22) and remains tied for fifth in scoring among league blueliners.

Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau is first on the team and fifth in the league with a team-high 133 penalty minutes. Third-year defenseman Jordan Henry, who has scored two goals over his last four appearances, owns the team’s best on-ice rating with a plus-12.?Salak, who returned to his post between the pipes this weekend, boasts a 17-5-0 record with 645 saves in 24 games. His 2.44 goals-against average and .924 save percentage are currently 16th and 10th among league netminders, respectively, while his 17 wins are second best.

(17-13-5, 5th in ECHL American Conference)
Wednesday January 13th at Reading (7:05pm)
Friday January 15th at Trenton (7:00pm)
Saturday January 16th at Trenton (7:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: The first three games of the Florida Everblades second half of their season-high 11-game road trip couldn't have been any worse for the club as they picked up one point in their three games over the weekend. Florida fell 3-1 in Elmira on Friday before garnering a point in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Jackels on Saturday. The Blades moved on to face Reading on Sunday and were outscored 3-0 in the first period and eventually fell 7-3.

Florida looks to rebound and finish up their road trip on a high note with three more games this week. They play Reading tonight before playing Friday and Saturday in Trenton.


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