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Panthers Prospect Report: 10.25.11

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: LW           Shoots: Left
Height:   6-1            Weight: 171
Born: 6/4/93 in Saint-Jerome, QC
How Acquired: Panthers first round pick (3rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Forward Jonathan Huberdeau takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken with the Panthers first selection (first round) in this past summer's draft, Huberdeau is lighting up the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

When the Panthers sent Huberdeau back to Saint John, they wanted him to get bigger and to dominate his play. So far, so good as the 6'1" 171 lb forward has torched his competition in the tune of 16 points in just eight games. He's been in the giving mood early as 12 of his points came via the assist.

Huberdeau is just four points off the team lead despite playing in seven less games. The Saint-Jerome, Quebec native has registered five multi-point games, including four of three or more points. The forward was named the QMJHL third star of the week or his efforts this past week (2-6-8 in three games).

The Sea Dogs captain has been leading all the way as the team is 5-0 since the Cats prospect was named to the position on October 13. Saint John has outscored their opponents 34-8 over that span.

Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Saint John 8 4 12 16 10 +12

(3-2-0, 9th in AHL Western Conference)

Friday, October 28 vs Houston (7:00pm CT)
  Saturday, October 29 vs Charlotte (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, October 30 vs Oklahoma City (3:30pm CT)

WEEKLY NOTES: San Antonio has gotten off to a decent start to the 2011-12 season, having won the three of their first five games. The Rampage split their opening two games of the season before rattling off two straight victories against their in-state rivals, the Houston Aeros and Texas Stars by identical 4-3 victories (victory against Houston came in the shootout). San Antonio couldn't finish off the good vibes of a late goal by Scott Timmins to beat the Stars on October 20th however as they were shut out against Peoria by a 5-0 final on Friday. Special teams were the issue for the Rampage as they gave the Rivermen six opportunites on the night. The visitors made them pay, connecting on four of them. San Antonio's power play came up bone dry on nine seperate opportunities.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The Rampage play three games in three days this weekend, with home games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is the first of nine occasions this year in which San Antonio will play three days in a row. The last time the Rampage hosted a three-in-three series at home was Oct. 23-25, 2009. In Friday night's game, they'll meet Houston for the second time this season. Saturday, the Charlotte Checkers come to town and on Sunday, San Antonio hosts West Division rivals, the Oklahoma City Barons.

NAILBITERS: Four of the Rampage’s five games have been decided by one goal. San Antonio is 3-1-0-0 in those games with two shootout wins.

LONE STAR FACEOFF: The Rampage have tallied two consecutive wins on the road against in-state rivals Houston Aeros and Texas Stars to propel them to the top of the Lone Star Faceoff standings with four points (2-0-0-0) in two games.

BY THE NUMBERS: Not expected to get the majority of the starts to begin the season, netminder Brian Foster has stepped in and played in all five Rampage contests. Inflated due to the 5-0 loss to Peoria, Foster holds a 3.11 GAA and a .891 save percentage while going 3-2. Offensively, San Antonio is led by a quintet of players. Bracken Kearns (who made his NHL debut on Thursday against Buffalo) and Scott Timmins have both potted three goals while Michal Repik (1-2-3), Colby Robak (0-3-3) have also posted three points in the first five games.

(1-2-0, 9th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
Saturday, October 29 at Kalamazoo (7:30pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Cyclones got in the win column for the first time on the young season in their only game of the week last week as they shut out the Trenton Titans by a score of 3-0. All three goals came courtesy of Panthers prospects as Joe Devin scored just 2:38 into the game. That was all the scoring Nashville netminder Chet Pickard would need as he turned aside 24 shots but defenseman Adam Comrie (goal, assist) and Garrett Wilson (goal, assist) knotted third period goals for their second tallies of the season. Forward Wacy Rabbit notched two assists in the victory..

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: It's an extremely easy week for the Cyclones as they just have one game on their schedule. Cincinnati travels to Kalamazoo to take on the Wings on Saturday. It will be the second time the two teams meet on the young season as Kalamazoo won the season opener 3-1 (also played on their home ice).

ELITE COMPANY: Wacey Rabbit has tallied a point in each of his first three games as a Cyclone. Since returning to ECHL play in 2006, only five other players have accomplished that feat: Dylan Hunter, Joey Ryan, Kyle Rank, Jean-Michel Dauost, and Torry Gajda. Overall, only 10 Cyclones have ever started their season with at least a point in the first trio of games.

STINGY DEFENSE: Stingy Defense: The 2011-12 Cyclones have accomplished something that no other Cincinnati team has done since returning to ECHL play in 2006. Through the first three games of the season, the Clones have held their opponents to three goals or less. In fact, their six goals-against, are tied for third-fewest in the ECHL.

LEADERER RETURNS: Today, the Milwaukee Admirals reassigned defenseman David Leaderer to the Cyclones. He picked up an assist in Cincinnati's first game on October 15 at Kalamazoo. He did not see any action with his five-day call up.


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