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Panthers Prospect Report: 02.17.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
COLBY ROBAK

Intangibles
Position: D          Shoots: Left
Height:   6-3        Weight: 194
Born: 4/24/90 in Dauphin, MB
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (46th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
The Skinny
Colby Robak takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

The Panthers second second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry draft recorded five points, including two goals in four games for the Brandon Wheat Kings. His big game came Sunday when he posted two goals and an assist in a 5-1 victory over Medicine Hat.

Robak is among the league's elite when it comes to blueliners. He's currently second in assists (42) and third in points (55).

The 19 year old is also an astonishing +44 on the season, tops in the league. Robak plays a very solid game in all ends.

Robak has helped the Wheat Kings to a 41-16-4 record. That record has helped them to the top spot in the WHL Eastern Conference and the first team to clinch a playoff spot. They are currently one point ahead of Tri-City for the most points in the Western Hockey League.


Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Brandon 51 13 42 55 4 44

AMERKS.COM
(31-23-2, 6th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday February 19th vs Manitoba (7:05pm)
Saturday February 20th vs Portland (7:05pm)
Sunday February 21st vs Portland (3:00pm)
Tuesday February 16th vs Manitoba (7:05pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: After beginning the month with four of the first seven games on the road, the Rochester Americans returned home yesterday as they play a season-long five-game homestand. Rochester enters the week closing in on history just one win shy from capturing its 2,000th win in the 54-year history of the franchise. The Amerks will become just the second team in the American Hockey League 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 National Hockey League, the only other AHL team to accomplish the feat is the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. After winning nine of their last 17 games, the team continues its chase against the North Division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs to remain among the top of the league standings. This week, Rochester hosts the Manitoba Moose again (played Tuesday) before welcoming the Portland Pirates back to the Flower City for the first time since the 2000-01 season for back-to-back tilts.

HALL OF FAME NIGHT: Prior to Sunday’s game, the Amerks will induct Randy Cunneyworth, Jim Wiemer and Kent Weisbeck as the 46th, 47th and 48th members enshrined into the club’s prestigious Hall of Fame as the Class of 2010. Cunneyworth and Wiemer spent four seasons together in Rochester, playing for the Amerks from 1981-85. Both Cunneyworth and Wiemer used Rochester as a launching pad for future careers in the National Hockey League. Cunneyworth also has the distinction of beginning and ending his playing career in Rochester, while also beginning his head coaching career. He is the only man to accomplish that feat in the 54-year history of the Amerks. In all, he spent 15 seasons with Rochester, seven as a player (1981-86, 1998-00) and eight as a head coach (2000-08). In 2004-05, he was named the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding coach. Weisbeck, a longtime contributor to the Amerks and currently in his 25th year of service to the organization, becomes the first-ever athletic trainer to go into the Hall of Fame. During his tenure, he has missed only seven contests and has worked over 1,700 games. In the past 24 years, he has earned two Calder Cup rings (1987 and 1996) and has worked in the Calder Cup Finals on five other occasions.

As part of the festivities, the Amerks will unveil the new Hall of Fame in the upper atrium lobby of The Blue Cross Arena. Cunneyworth and Wiemer will also be signing autographs from 1:40 to 2:40 p.m. in the first installment of the Seneca Gaming Amerks Legends Series.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (31-23-2-0, 64 points) enters the week second in the North Division and tied for 11th overall with the Lowell Devils in the American Hockey League standings. The Amerks, who are 4-6-0-0 in their last 10, have scored the second most goals in their division with 174. Rochester is 11th in the AHL with an 18.8 power-play percentage and is 20th with an 80.7 penalty-killing percentage. 

Seventh-year pro Jamie Johnson, who has 20 points (7+13) in his last 17 outings, continues to pace Rochester’s offense in all offensive categories in goals (21), assists (34) and points (55). He became the first Amerk this season to reach the 20-goal plateau Friday night against the Abbotsford Heat. Averaging just under a point per game, Johnson is tied for sixth in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 51 points (21+30) in his last 45 appearances. Further, his 21 goals and 34 assists rank him tied for 10th and eighth in each category among the AHL’s top scorers, respectively. 

Veteran defenseman Clay Wilson, currently on a four-game point streak (2+3), has a team-best 18 assists on the power-play this season, good enough for third in the AHL in that category. Wilson continues to be Rochester’s top scoring defenseman with 41 points (10+31) and remains third in scoring among league blueliners. Additionally, Wilson is tied for 12th in the AHL with 31 assists. Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau is first on the team and 12th in the league with a team-high 143 penalty minutes. 

Rookie goaltender Alexander Salak, who has started 13 of the last 17 games for Rochester, boasts a 23-11-0 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 36 games. His save percentage is currently 16th among league netminders, respectively, while his 23 wins are tied for second best.


FLORIDAEVERBLADES.COM
(24-18-7, 6th in ECHL American Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday February 17th vs Kalamazoo (7:30pm)
Friday February 19th vs Kalamazoo (7:30pm)
Saturday February 20th vs Kalamazoo (7:30pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Everblades are in the midst of eight games in 12 days. With the tough part over (5 games in 6 days)…The Everblades posted a 2-1-1-1 mark. Hosting Gwinnett on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Everblades were beaten for the first time when leading after two periods (17-0-1-0) 4-3 in overtime. The ‘Blades rebounded with a solid 3-1 win the following night. Florida then went on the road and lost in a shootout Friday night in Charleston (4-3) but followed that up with a 4-2 win the next day in Stingray country. The road trip ended on Sunday in Gwinnett with a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Gladiators.
 
The Everblades return for three games as they play their last non-divisional games on the schedule. The games are just as important since they are against an American Conference foe. Florida battles Kalamazoo on Wednesday night, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. It’s the final “Wet Wednesday” of the season featuring $2.00 20-ounce Budweiser drafts during the game and the first 2,500 fans receive Everblades hockey trading cards. The Everblades and Wings tangle on Friday and Saturday and it is Pink in the Rink weekend. Saturday the Everblades will wear special third jerseys that will be auctioned off LIVE after the game to benefit cancer. There is a mini-relay prior to the game and tailgate party starting at 5:00 p.m. featuring burgers and brews and live music.


STATISTICS




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