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Panthers Prospect Report: 03.10.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
SCOTT TIMMINS

Intangibles
Position: C          Shoots: Left
Height:   5-11       Weight: 191
Born: 9/11/89 in Hamilton, Ontario
How Acquired: Panthers sixth round pick (165th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
The Skinny
Scott Timmins takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Timmins, Florida's seventh selection (sixth round, 165th overall) in this past year's draft is having a fantastic season with the Windsor Spitfires. He's just under a point-per-game player, clocking in with 52 points in 54 games for the first place Spitfires. Timmins' 29 goals are good enough for sixth on an offensive powerhouse team that is currently first in the OHL's Western Conference.

The Hamilton native recently took home the Precision Jewellers and Windsor Spitfires Player of the Month award for February for his contributions. As voted by the coaching staff, Timmins scored eight goals and added seven assists for 15 points and was a +7 plus-minus rating in 11 games played.

Timmins recorded points in eight of Windsor’s 11 games during the month, while also scoring goals in six February games and recording four multi-point performances.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Windsor 54 29 23 52 47 30

AMERKS.COM
(37-26-2, 5th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday March 12th vs Albany (7:05pm)
Saturday March 13th at Binghamton (7:35pm)
Sunday March 14th vs Grand Rapids (3:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: Five weeks is all that remains on tap for the 2009-10 regular season, and so begins the quest for a berth in the postseason en route to the Calder Cup. The race for playoff contention has already begun to take shape, with the defending league champs, the Hershey Bears, becoming the first team this season to be guaranteed postseason play. The surging Rochester Americans are entering the tail-end of the campaign much as they did in the beginning after adding three more victories, all coming on the road, to their win column to reclaim sole possession of second place in the American Hockey League’s North Division. After opening March on the road, the Amerks return home for yet another three-game-in three-night stretch, two of which are against East Division opponents. With just 15 games left on the schedule to be played, and playoffs looming in the near distance, Rochester continues its fight to remain among the top of the league standings. This week, the Amerks host Albany and Grand Rapids with a trip down the I-90 for an interstate clash with Syracuse in between.       

TAYLOR PASSES EHMAN, NEARS GARWASIUK: Veteran forward Chris Taylor recently surpassed Gerry Ehman for third on the all-time assist list with 283 career helpers as an Amerk. 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.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE… NOT SO MUCH THE ROAD: With just five weeks left in the regular season, home ice advantage has been beneficial for the Amerks. After earning their first regulation loss of the season at home, the Amerks are now 21-11-2-0 on home ice. Conversely, 15 of Rochester’s 26 losses in regulation thus far this season have been away from the friendly confines of The Blue Cross Arena.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (37-26-2-0, 76 points) enters the week in second place in the North Division after a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates Sunday evening gave the club its fourth straight win, a streak the club has yet to match since mid-November. The win was also Rochester’s sixth in its last seven games. 

Seventh-year pro Jamie Johnson, who shows 11 points (4+7) in his last 13 games, has a team-high 39 assists and 62 points, while his 23 goals are equal to that of Jeff Taffe for the team lead. Averaging just under a point per game, Johnson is tied for sixth in the AHL in overall point production and is tied for ninth with 39 assists. Further, the duo is tied for 11th among the AHL’s top goal scorers. Taffe shows 12 points (6+6) in his last 11 games and notched his 300th AHL point with his game-winning goal last night against Portland. 

Veteran defenseman Clay Wilson, who enters the week with six points (1+5) in as many games, has a team-best 20 assists on the power-play this season, good enough for fifth in the AHL in that category. Wilson continues to be Rochester’s top scoring defenseman with 47 points (11+36) and is second in scoring among league blueliners. Additionally, Wilson is 13th in the AHL with 36 assists. 

Rookie goaltender Alexander Salak, who has started four of the last six games for Rochester and carries a four-game winning streak into the week, boasts a 27-12-0 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 41 games. His 27 wins presently rank second among league netminders. His counterpart, third-year goaltender Tyler Plante, is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season, including a 40-save shutout against Toronto on Saturday. Plante is 7-8-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 17 games of service.

Since returning to the lineup on February 19th, forward Mike York has collected 13 points (5+8) in nine games and is presently in the midst of a four-game point streak (3+5). He sits six points away from 100 AHL points. Amerks captain Rory Fitzpatrick is three points from 200 as a pro, while 2010 AHL All-Star forward Graham Mink is just two goals shy from 200 pro goals.


FLORIDAEVERBLADES.COM
(32-20-9, 5th in ECHL American Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday March 12th at South Carolina (7:05pm)
  Saturday March 13th at South Carolina (5:05pm)
Sunday March 14th at South Carolina (4:05pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Florida Everblades finished off their eight-game homestand this past week in Germain Arena. The ‘Blades were nearly perfect in regulation during the trip only slipping up in their final game on Saturday to Gwinnett 4-3. The ‘Blades knocked off the Gladiators 4-3 on Thursday and 7-5 on Friday night to post a 6-1-1 record at home.
 
Florida won their fourth straight game in come-from-behind fashion, 4-3 on Thursday. The ‘Blades got three third-period goals to defeat Gwinnett for the sixth time this season. Dominic Osman paced the Everblades with a hat trick in the Everblades 7-5 victory on Friday. Eleven of the 16 skaters posted points in the victory including five multiple-point scorers. Matt Duffy had two assists on the night. Chris Beckford-Tseu, appearing in his 16th straight game stopped 32 shots to record his 14th win of the season. Florida’s five-game win streak was snapped by Gwinnett on Sunday with their 4-3 victory. The Gladiators scored a late goal on the power play to seal the win and secure the two points.

The Everblades travel to South Carolina for three big games this weekend against the division-leading Stingrays. Florida will play three straight in North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then return home to Germain Arena to battle the Stingrays on March 19 and 20 for the final times in the regular season.



STATISTICS




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