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Panthers Prospect Report: 1.17.12

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: C              Shoots: Right
Height:   6-3            Weight: 190
Born: 1/29/91 in Denver, CO
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (44th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Center Drew Shore takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken in the second round (44th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft, Shore has been a dominate force for the University of Denver in his junior year.

Posting 18 points as a freshman and then 46 points (in 40 games) as a sophomore, Shore is on pace to smash his career highs as he has posted 35 points in 23 games in leading Denver to a 13-8-3 record and 15th in the nation according to Shore is currently tied for second in the nation in scoring, sitting just one point behind Minnesota-Duluth's Jack Connolly. Shore has seen a lot of production on the power play, scoring nine of his 15 goals on the man advantage. That his him in a three-way tie for the NCAA lead.

Shore was at his best on January 14th as he figured in five of the Pioneer's six goals in a 6-3 victory over Bemidji State. That included the 100th point of his career. He also scored the game-winner, his sixth of the season (most in the nation).

Denver 23 15 20 35 12 9

(19-18-2, 10th in AHL Western Conference)


Friday, January 20 at Houston (7:35pm CT)
Saturday, January 21 vs Peoria (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, January 22 at Houston (5:05pm CT)

WEEKLY NOTES: A successful week for the Rampage as they got over the .500 mark after winning two of their three games. In Tuesday's game, Quintin Laing scored a shorthanded goal 11 minutes in and that's all the visitors would need as Abbotsford earned a 5-0 victory. Closing out a five-game homestand, the Rampage earned consecutive 2-1 victories. The first came against Rockford on Saturday as Bracken Kearns and Greg Rallo netted third period goals. That was followed up on Monday with a victory over Abbotsford as Mark Cullen scored 7:12 into the third period in netting the game-winner.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: San Antonio will play three games in three days. Two of those games will come against cross state rivals, the Houston Aeros. Played in Houston on both occasions (Friday and Sunday), the Rampage will look for their second and third victories of the series as it's been tough skating against the Aeros (1-6). Those two games sandwich a Saturday night game at home against the Peoria Riverman.

AT THE MIDPOINT: Through 39 games, one contest past the halfway point of the AHL’s 76-game schedule, the Rampage are 19-18-2-0 and sit fourth in the West Division with 40 points. They are scoring 2.28 goals per game and allowing 2.79 goals per game. San Antonio's power play is converting at a 12.2 percent rate while their penalty kill is denying opponents at a 77.9 percent clip.

BBM LINE REUNITED: The Rampage’s line of Bracken Kearns, Bill Thomas, and Mark Cullen are back together. In 10 contests the trio has produced 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) and is plus-24 as a unit.

RAMPAGE TRADE FOR ROMAN: San Antonio obtained forward Ondrej Roman from the Texas Stars on Friday afternoon. Roman, who made his Rampage debut yesterday, has posted a goal and four assists in 25 total games this season with the Stars.

GOOD BEHAVIOR: For the first time this season, the Rampage did not have to kill a penalty for an entire game during their victory over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday.

BY THE NUMBERS: Forward Bracken Kearns continues to lead the way in the goals department as he is the only one in double digits (11), Kearns also leads all skaters in points with 26. Center Mark Cullen sits atop the assists category with 17 while Bill Thomas leads the plus-minus category with +9. Netminder Dov Grumet-Morris has been stellar between the pipes posting a 2.01 goals against average and a .933 save percentage while going 8-5-2.

(15-12-5, 10th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
Friday, January 20 vs Chicago (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, January 21 vs Chicago (7:30pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: It was a mixed week for Cincinnati as losses sandwiched an overtime winner. On Friday night, the Kalamazoo Wings defeated the Cylones by a score of 3-1. It was just the second home game this season that Cincinnati dropped in regulation. The Cyclones rebounded nicely on Saturday night as Rob Slaney scored 2:36 into overtime to give the home team a 5-4 victory over the Wheeling Nailers. Wheeling returned the favor with an extra session victory on Sunday. This time it came via the shootout as the hosts came from behind for a 4-3 victory.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: It's a relatively short week in terms of games as Cincinnati will play just twice when they host the Chicago Express on Friday and Saturday. Cincinnati trails the second-place Express by just three points with five games in hand so the two games will be huge following the All-Star break.

CAHILL GETS ANOTHER CALL: For the second time this season, Cyclones forward Chris Cahill was called up to the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. Prior to the promotion, he had registered a point in 7 of his last 11 games with the Cyclones and had at least a goal in 4 of his last 7 games. The rookie is still in search of his first AHL point after six games with the Admirals.

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Mathieu Aubin returned from a four-game stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last Thursday and immediately made an impact with the Cyclones. He notched points on Saturday and Sunday, including a multi-point effort on Sunday against Wheeling. He remains atop the Cyclones scoring list with 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) in 26 games.

PELECH PACING FOR HISTORY: Cyclones centerman Mike Pelech has earned 28 points in 30 games this season. He is on pace for a 67-point season, which would be sixth-best mark in franchise history. It would also be the first time since 2008-09 that a Cyclones player earned 65 points or more (Mark Van Guilder had 70).


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