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Panthers Prospect Report: 02.24.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
GARRETT WILSON

Intangibles
Position: LW       Shoots: Left
Height:   6-2        Weight: 199
Born: 3/16/91 in Barrie, ON
How Acquired: Panthers fourth round pick (107th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
The Skinny
Garrett Wilson takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Wilson, the Panhters fourth round selection in this past year's draft has blown up this season for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack.

Wilson, who had 17 goals and 35 points in 53 games last season, has almost doubled his production this season. He has 32 goals and 57 points as he is second on the team in scoring as the Attack are in the midst of a heated playoff battle with the Guelph Storm.

The 6'2 left winger had a great week for Owen Sound last week, posting five points (three goals) in three games. Wilson posted two goals in a 3-1 win over Saginaw and then a goal and two assists against Kitchener. He was named the Becker Shoes Attack Player of the Week for his efforts.


Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Owen Sound 58 32 25 57 74 7

AMERKS.COM
(32-25-2, 6th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday February 26th vs Grand Rapids (7:05pm)
Saturday February 27th at Hamilton (7:00pm)
Sunday February 28th vs Binghamton (3:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: Less than 24 hours removed from capturing a milestone win on a historic night where the Amerks Hall of Fame welcomed the Class of 2010, the Rochester Americans have yet another busy weekend ahead as the team approaches the final stretch of the regular season. Coming off a string of four games in six nights, the Amerks conclude their season-long five-game homestand with three games in as many nights, two of which are against North Division opponents. With just 21 games left on tap, and the race for playoff contention heating up, Rochester continues its chase against the North Division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs to remain among the top of the league standings. This week, the Amerks host the Grand Rapids Griffins and Binghamton Senators, with a divisional bout on the road with the Hamilton Bulldogs sprinkled in between.   

HALL OF FAME NIGHT: With its 3-2 win Sunday night over the Portland Pirates, Rochester became just the second team in the American Hockey League and eighth in North American hockey history to reach 2,000 franchise 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.

TAYLOR PASSES EHMAN, NEARS GARWASIUK: Veteran forward Chris Taylor recently surpassed Gerry Ehman for third on the all-time assist list (283) last week against Manitoba. The only two ahead of him are Bronco Horvath and Jody Gage. Further, the 18-year pro sits just a mere four goals away from moving ahead of Ron Garwasiuk for 13th on the all-time goals list.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (32-25-2-0, 66 points) enters the week after snapping its four-game losing streak with a win over the Portland Pirates last night at The Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks have a two-point cushion over the Abbotsford Heat to remain in second in the North Division and are tied for 11th overall with the Albany River Rats in the AHL standings. 

Seventh-year pro Jamie Johnson, who shows six points (3+3) in his last seven games, continues to pace Rochester’s offense in all offensive categories in goals (22), assists (35) and points (57). Averaging just under a point per game, Johnson is seventh in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 22 points (7+15) in his last 20 outings. Further, his 22 goals and 35 assists rank him tied for 12th and ninth in each category among the AHL’s top scorers, respectively. 

Veteran defenseman Clay Wilson has a team-best 20 assists on the power-play this season, good enough for second in the AHL in that category. Wilson continues to be Rochester’s top scoring defenseman with 44 points (11+33) and is tied for first in scoring among league blueliners. Additionally, Wilson is tied for 11th in the AHL with 33 assists. He enters the week with eight points (3+5) in his last seven games. 

Rookie goaltender Alexander Salak, who has started 15 of the last 20 games for Rochester, boasts a 24-12-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 38 games. His save percentage is currently 20th among league netminders, respectively, while his 24 wins are tied for third.

Taylor shows six points (1+5) in his last seven games and Michal Repik has three goals and three assists in his last eight appearances. Veteran forward Jeff Taffe comes into the week on the heels of a season-high five-game point streak (3+3).


FLORIDAEVERBLADES.COM
(28-19-9, 6th in ECHL American Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Saturday February 27th vs South Carolina (7:30pm)
  Sunday February 28th vs South Carolina (7:30pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Florida Everblades welcomed the Kalamazoo Wings to Germain Arena for the first time ever last Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. In three great games, Florida took home five out of a possible six points as they secured two victories, one in regulation (Wednesday) and one in a shootout (Saturday). Kalamazoo’s lone victory came on Friday night in overtime.

On Wednesday, Florida and Kalamazoo met for the first time ever at Germain Arena. The Blades scored the game's first four goals and held on for the 4-2 victory. Friday saw Kalamazoo overcome a one-goal deficit to tie it at three in the third period and then record the winner 3:39 into overtime for the 4-3 final. Florida earned the win in the rubber match. Holding onto a lead into the third, Florida allowed the tying goal. This time they were on the right side of a 4-3 final as they took it in the shootout. Chris Beckford-Tseu stopped 33 shots for his team-leading 10th win of the season.
 
The Everblades have nearly a week off in-between games as they don't play again until Saturday night at Germain Arena against the South Carolina Stingrays. They also host the Stingrays on Sunday as well.


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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