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Panthers Prospect Report: 01.20.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
MARC CHEVERIE

Intangibles
Position: G          Glove: Right
Height:   6-3         Weight: 183
Born: 2/22/87 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
How Acquired: Panthers seventh round pick (193rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
The Skinny
Marc Cheverie earns the well-deserved spotlight in this week’s installment of “On Fire”.

A junior for the Denver Pioneers, Cheverie has started seventeen games this season and served as the netminder for twelve of Denver’s fourteen victories. Cheverie’s remarkable 1.97 goals against average, combined with his astounding .932 save percentage and five shutouts, has vaulted the Pioneers into the WCHA’s number one spot, their first such ranking in nearly five years.

"I got to play with Marc over the summer and yeah, he's a really good goalie," Pittsburgh Penguins captain and fellow Cole Harbour native Sidney Crosby told NHL.com earlier this season. "He's a great kid and I think he's got a bright future."

What's even more impressive about Cheverie's season was that it was almost cut short, literally, when an opponent slid into him skate first and cut open his calf, requiring 40 stitches.

Look for more great things out of this hot prospect as Denver travels to Madison for a pair of games against number three ranked Wisconsin on Jan. 22 and 23.

Stats
GP W L T GAA SVP
17 12 2 2 1.97 .932

AMERKS.COM
(25-15-2, 4th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday January 22nd vs Hamilton (7:05pm)
Saturday January 23rd vs Wilkes-Barre (7:05pm)
Sunday January 24th vs Adirondack (5:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: With the halfway point of the 2009-10 American Hockey League season officially here, the Rochester Americans returned to their winning ways goming into the annual All-Star break. Despite an ever-changing roster due to recalls and injuries, the Amerks have again reclaimed the second spot in the North Division and still continue their fight to remain among the top of the league standings. Coming off their first road win since December 6th, in addition to earning their first winning streak since four straight in mid-November, Rochester takes a three-game winning streak into a four-game homestand this weekend. This week, Rochester will meet the first-place Hamilton Bulldogs in a North Division showdown before non-divisional matchups with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Adirondack Phantoms.

TAYLOR CONTINUES HIS CLIMB UP ALL-TIME LISTS: More than five weeks removed from capturing his 1,000th career professional point against Hershey, veteran forward Chris Taylor continues his ascent up the Amerks’ all-time lists. This season, Taylor has already surpassed both Norm “Red” Armstrong and Geordie Robertson into the No.6 spot on the all-time points table. In the same game, he scored a goal to move ahead of Gordie Clark into the No. 14 spot on the all-time goals list, in addition to skating in his 500th AHL contest. A week later, he skated in his 400th career game as an Amerk and moved into 10th all-time on the games played list one game ahead of Les Duff’s 399-game benchmark. Having already slid by Dick Gamble into the No.4 spot on the all-time assist list, the 18-year pro now sits just five goals and eight assists away from moving ahead of Ron Garwasiuk and Gerry Ehman for 13th and third on the all-time lists, respectively. Most recently, he captured his 400th career point as an Amerk with a goal against Grand Rapids last Friday night and is just 14 games away from 1,200 professional games.

AN ALL-STAR CLASSIC: The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star game was held Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Goaltender Alexander Salak started in net for PlanetUSA and stopped six of the eight shots while his team staked him to a 5-2 lead after one period of play. Not to be outdone, defenseman Keaton Ellerby aided a Canadian four-goal comeback assisting on Canada's eighth goal.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (25-15-2-0, 52 points) enters the week currently second in the North Division and tied for eighth 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 (6.19).

The Amerks, who are fifth in the AHL with seven shorthanded goals, have outscored their opponents 128-113 in the last 37 games and have allowed the fourth fewest number of goals in their division with 129. Additionally, their 138 goals for are also the second most in the division. Rochester is sixth in the AHL with a 19.6 power-play percentage and is 15th with an 82.8 penalty-killing percentage.

Seventh-year pro Jamie Johnson, who has three goals and three assists in his last three outings, currently paces Rochester’s offense in all offensive categories in goals (17), assists (24) and points (41). Averaging just under a point per game, Johnson is 10th in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 37 points (17+20) in his last 31 appearances. Further, his 17 goals and 24 assists are 11th and 13th among the AHL’s top scorers, respectively.

Defenseman Clay Wilson, who shows three points in his last two games, has a team-best 15 assists on the man advantage this season, good enough for second in the AHL in that category. Wilson continues to be Rochester’s top scoring defenseman with 29 points (6+23) and remains tied for third in scoring among league blueliners. Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau is first on the team and seventh in the league with a team-high 133 penalty minutes. Third-year defenseman Jordan Henry continues to own the team’s best on-ice rating with a plus-13.

Salak, who started between the pipes for the PlanetUSA All-Stars in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game, boasts a 19-5-0 record with 2.57 goals-against average and .920 save percentage along with 701 saves in 26 games. His save percentage is 11th best among league netminders, while his 19 wins are second best.


FLORIDAEVERBLADES.COM
(20-15-6, 7th in ECHL American Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday January 22nd at Trenton (7:30pm)
Saturday January 23rd at Trenton (7:30pm)
Wednesday January 27th vs Trenton (7:30pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: This past week the Florida Everblades ended their season-long 11 game road trip with three consecutive victories, two coming by way of shootout. Florida rebounded from a three game slump beginning with a 2-1 victory against Reading on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The lone regulation goal against Reading was scored by Mathieu Roy, while Kevin Baker scored the gamewinner in the shootout. The Blades then took four points from the Trenton Devils on Jan. 15 and 16.

The Everblades now return to Naples for a five game home-stand beginning with a pair of games against Gwinnett on Jan. 22 and 23 followed by a hat trick of games against the Trenton Devils.

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