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Panthers Prospect Report: 01.27.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
MICHAL REPIK

Intangibles
Position: RW       Shoots: Right
Height:   5-10       Weight: 183
Born: 12/31/888 in Vlasim, Czech Republic
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (40th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
The Skinny
Michal Repik takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Currently with the big club, Repik has had a very successful second season as a pro. The Czech right winger had a hand in the Panthers 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Canadiens Tuesday night as his shot was knocked home by Shawn Matthias for the game-winner in the third period.

The Cats second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Repik has 32 points for Rochester in 37 games this season and has collected four points (two goals) in 10 games with Florida. His 18 goals combined are three away from tying last year's totals.

Before his latest call-up with the Panthers, Repik had registered seven points (six goals) in his last six games with the Amerks.

Repik scored two of Rochester's three goals in a 3-1 victory over Adirondack in Rochester's last game.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
RCH 37 16 16 32 35 10
FLA 10 2 2 4 6 1

AMERKS.COM
(27-16-2, 5th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday January 29th vs Albany (7:05pm)
Saturday January 30th at Toronto (4:00pm)
Sunday January 31st vs Adirondack (5:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: With the 2010 AHL All-Star break come and gone, the Rochester Americans have the started the second half of the season much as they did in the first. Despite dropping three straight to kickoff the New Year, the Amerks have won five of their last six as they continue their chase against North Division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs to remain among the top of the league standings. Coming off another grueling three-game in three-night stretch, Rochester closes its current four-game homestand, in addition to its 2010 January slate, with yet another busy weekend. This week, Rochester will host the Albany River Rats and the Adirondack Phantoms with a visit across the border to renew its North Division rivalry with the Toronto Marlies in between.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (27-16-2-0, 56 points) enters the week second in the North Division and eighth overall in the American Hockey League. The Amerks have won 16 of the last 22 on home ice, and have the league’s seventh best winning percentage (6.22).

The Amerks, who are just five wins away from their 2,000th, have allowed the third fewest number of goals in their division with 139. Additionally, their 147 goals for are also the second most in the division. Rochester is seventh in the AHL with a 19.0 power-play percentage and is 14th with an 83.2 penalty-killing percentage.

Seventh-year pro Jamie Johnson, who has four goals and seven assists in his last six outings, currently paces Rochester’s offense in all offensive categories in goals (18), assists (28) and points (46). Averaging just over a point per game, Johnson is fifth in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 42 points (18+24) in his last 34 appearances. Further, his 18 goals and 28 assists rank him tied for eighth in each category among the AHL’s top scorers, respectively.

Defenseman Clay Wilson, who shows four points in his last five games, has a team-best 15 assists on the power-play this season, good enough for fourth in the AHL in that category. Wilson continues to be Rochester’s top scoring defenseman with 30 points (6+24) and remains tied for third in scoring among league blueliners. Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau is first on the team and eighth in the league with a team-high 138 penalty minutes. Second-year defenseman Jason Garrison owns the team’s best on-ice rating with a plus-13.

Rookie goaltender Alexander Salak, who has started the last six games for Rochester, boasts a 21-6-0 record with 2.60 goals-against average and .918 save percentage along with 763 saves in 29 games. His save percentage is 11th best among league netminders, while his 21 wins are second best.


FLORIDAEVERBLADES.COM
(22-15-6, 5th in ECHL American Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday January 27th vs Trenton (7:30pm)
Friday January 29th vs Trenton (7:30pm)
Saturday January 30th vs Trenton (7:30pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: Florida has been hot the last two weeks of play, winning all five contests over that span. The short layoff with the ECHL All Star Game didn’t hurt the Everblades momentum as they won a pair of games over the Gwinnett Gladiators. Florida has beaten Gwinnett now four times in a row to improve their record to 4-1-1 on the season with eight more meetings remaining.

In Friday's game against Gwinnett, the Blades bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit to score three of the next four goals on their way to a 3-2 victory while in Saturday's contest, the Blades used a four goal second period to propel them to the 5-1 victory. Florida got goals from four different players. 

The Everblades look to keep their season-high five-game win streak in tact this week as they tangle with the Trenton Devils for three games in Germain Arena. Wednesday night, the Everblades and Devils meet for the third time this season and first time-ever in Germain Arena in the regular season. The Everblades and Devils will also play Friday and Saturday in Germain Arena with all three games facing off at 7:30 p.m.

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