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Panthers Prospect Report: 02.10.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
ADAM COMRIE

Intangibles
Position: D          Shoots: Left
Height:   6-4        Weight: 205
Born: 7/31/90 in Kanata ON
How Acquired: Panthers third round pick (80th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
The Skinny
Adam Comrie takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

The Panthers third-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry draft is having a great season for the OHL's Guelph Storm. He leads Storm defensemen in scoring with 31 points (11-20-31) in 51 games. Comrie also provides a physical presence on the blueline, picking up 69 penalty minutes (fifth most on the team).

Comrie picked up the team's Player Of The Week award last week as he recorded four points, including three goals, in the team's three contests.

In his first game on the weekend, the 18 year old helped set up Peter Holland for his 20th of the season in the Storm’s 4-2 loss to the Frontenacs. Saturday night in Belleville, the Asburn, VA native was named the third star of the game, scoring the winning goal with a blast from the point less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Recording his second two goal game of the year on Sunday afternoon in Ottawa, Comrie tallied twice on the power play and was named the game’s first star in the Storm’s 4-3 win over the 67’s.

Comrie has picked up seven points in the last seven games. He is the only Storm player to play in every game so for this season.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Guelph 51 11 20 31 69 -14

AMERKS.COM
(30-19-2, 6th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday February 10th at Adirondack (7:00pm)
Friday February 12th vs Abbotsford (7:05pm)
Saturday February 13th vs Lake Erie (7:35pm)
Sunday February 14th at Binghamton (5:05pm)
Tuesday February 16th vs Manitoba (7:05pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: With the fifth month of the 2009-10 American Hockey League season currently underway, the Rochester Americans enter perhaps the busiest part of the campaign over the next two weeks with back-to-back four-game weeks on tap for the team. After playing two of the next four games on the road, the Amerks return home to close out February with six of the next seven at home, all of which include a season-long five-game homestand. In all, out of Rochester’s 14 games in February, nine of them will be played at The Blue Cross Arena, the most at home in a single month this season. Coming off a weekend where the Amerks have already surpassed last season’s win total, and after winning eight of their last 12, the team continues its chase against the North Division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs to remain among the top of the league standings. This week, Rochester visits Adirondack and Binghamton with a pair of home tilts against divisional rivals Abbotsford and Lake Erie sprinkled in between before starting their five-game homestand against Manitoba on Tuesday.

ELLERBY, REPIK RE-JOIN ROCHESTER: Re-joining the Amerks this week will be defenseman Keaton Ellerby and forward Michal Repik after the Florida Panthers reassigned the pair back to Rochester Sunday afternoon. Ellerby reassumes his post on the Amerks’ blueline after earning his fourth NHL recall. He logged 4:58 of ice time in his NHL debut in Florida’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 14th. In 47 games with the Amerks this season, the Strathmore, Alberta, native has scored six goals and 13 assists for 19 points, in addition to a plus-five on-ice rating. Repik returns after recording four points (2+2) in 14 games with Florida this season. With Rochester, the Vlasim, Czech Republic, native is fifth on the team with 32 points (16+16) with a plus-10 on-ice rating.

AMERKS TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY; NEARING 2,000TH WIN: Rochester is just a mere two wins away from capturing its 2,000th win in the 54-year history of the franchise. The Amerks will become just the second team in the AHL and only the eighth team in North American hockey history to collect 2,000 wins. In addition to all the founding original six members of the NHL, the only other AHL team to accomplish the feat is the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. The 10-time league champs claimed their 2,000th win at the tail-end of the 1993-94 season.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (30-19-2-0, 62 points) entered the week second in the North Division and 10th overall in the AHL.

The Amerks, who have won eight of their last 12, have allowed the second fewest number of goals in their division with 156. Additionally, their 163 goals for are also the second most in the division. Rochester is 10th in the AHL with an 18.6 power-play percentage and is 19th with an 81.6 penalty-killing percentage.

Seventh-year pro Jamie Johnson, who has 16 points (5+11) in his last 12 outings and coming off a season-long 10-game point streak, continues to pace Rochester’s offense in all offensive categories in goals (19), assists (32) and points (51). Averaging exactly a point per game, Johnson is sixth in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 47 points (19+28) in his last 40 appearances. Further, his 19 goals and 32 assists rank him 13th and eighth in each category among the AHL’s top scorers, respectively.

Veteran defenseman Clay Wilson, who has nine points in his last 11 games, has a team-best 17 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 36 points (8+28) and remains fourth in scoring among league blueliners. Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau is first on the team and eighth in the league with a team-high 143 penalty minutes. Third-year defenseman Jordan Henry owns the team’s best on-ice rating with a plus-16.. 

Rookie goaltender Alexander Salak, who has started 10 of the last 12 games for Rochester, boasts a 23-8-0 record with 910 saves in 33 games. His 2.63 goals-against average and .920 save percentage currently rank him 20th and 10th among league netminders, respectively, while his 23 wins are second best.


FLORIDAEVERBLADES.COM
(24-18-7, 6th in ECHL American Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday February 10th vs Gwinnett (7:30pm)
Friday February 12th at South Carolina (7:05pm)
Saturday February 13th at South Carolina (7:05pm)
Sunday February 14th at Gwinnett (4:05pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Florida Everblades went 1-1-1 in last week's games as they split with the Charlotte Checkers in two games in Charlotte this week before falling in overtime to Gwinnett at Germain Arena.

The Blades would claim a 4-3 shootout victory Thursday night in Time Warner Cable Arena as Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped seven of the eight shooters for the victory. Florida had never led in the game, coming back three different times to get to the extra session. The Checkers returned the favor, edging the Everblades 3-2 the following night as a controversial goal decided the close affair. The referee had waved the game-winner off but then after a lengthy conference, awarded the Checkers the goal. Beckford-Tseu was strong in the losing effort, turning away 36 shots. All-Star rookie Brandon Buck recorded the hat trick Tuesday against the Gladiators but Gwinnett, down 3-2 late in the third, got the equalizer with 53-seconds remaining to tie it and Adam Berti beat Beckford-Tseu with at the 3:11 mark for the victory. Beckford-Tseu stopped 30 shots in the loss.
 
Florida has a busy week ahead, playing four times in five games. They host Gwinnett once again Wednesday. Then after a travel day, they visit South Carolina Stingrays in North Charleston Coliseum Friday and Saturday before finishing the span Sunday afternoon in The Arena at the Gwinnett Center against the Gwinnett Gladiators.


STATISTICS




Information from the amerks.com, floridaeverblades.com and guelphstorm.com used to create this report.
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