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Panthers Prospect Report: 11.22.11

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: D              Shoots: Right
Height:   6-4            Weight: 193
Born: 3/3/92 in Edmonton, AB
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (36th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Defenseman Alex Petrovic takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken in the second round (36th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft, Petrovic continues to get better and is following up a strong 2010-11 campaign with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

The blueliner, who posted 57 points (50 assists) in 67 games in Red Deer last season is a point-per-game player to date this season. Posting 20 points (18 assists) in 20 games, Petrovic has helped the Rebels to first place in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference (14-4-2).

The 6-4 Edmonton, Alberta native picked up the WHL Player Of The Week honors this past week by registering nine points (seven assists) and a plus-three in just four games (all road wins). Petrovic is currently fifth among WHL defensemen in points.

Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Red Deer 20 2 18 20 35 +11

(5-9-0, 15th in AHL Western Conference)


  Friday, November 18 at Grand Rapids (7:00pm ET)
Saturday, November 19 at Chicago (7:30pm CT)
Sunday, November 20 at Milwaukee (4:00pm CT)

WEEKLY NOTES: Playing back-to-back nights in Lake Erie, the Rampage fell in both contests by a combined score of 9-3. In Thursday's contest, Colby Robak netted his third of the year and Angelo Esposito recorded his first but it wasn't enough in Jacob Markstrom's (24 saves on 28 shots) first start for San Antonio of the season as they fell 5-2. In Friday's action, Lake Erie scored the game's first four goals on their way to the 4-1 victory. Michal Repik scored the lone power play goal 7:32 into the third period. The Rampage were able to break through into the win column after three straight defeats as they scored three straight goals sandwiched around two Texas goals for the 3-2 victory. Tim Kennedy and Matt Cullen netted their first of the season while Scott Timmins registered his third. San Antonio could not maintain the good vibes as they were shut out 4-0 on Kids Day Tuesday morning against Abbotsford.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: San Antonio will head to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Griffins. This will be the first of seven con-secutive road games for the Rampage. The Rampage visit Chicago on Saturday for their second of four contests with the Wolves. San Antonio beat Chicago 3-2 in a shootout to open the season on Oct. 8. San Antonio plays their third game in three days on Sunday with a matchup against the Milwaukee Admirals. Last season the Rampage went 3-4-0-1 against Milwaukee in eight contests. 

RAMPAGE NATION: The Rampage maintain the second-best average attendance mark at home in the AHL, drawing 6,490 fans per contest. 

GETTING OFFENSIVE: After totaling a goal and an assist in three games last week, Rampage defenseman Colby Robak is now tied for second on the team in points with seven. He has recorded three goals to go along with four assists in 13 games this season. 

MAKING HIS MARK: Goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who was assigned to the Rampage last Monday, is tied for ninth in the NHL with a .944 save percentage and maintains a 2.05 GAA after playing in his five NHL games (starting four) and posting a 2-2-1 record. In three games with the Rampage, Markstrom has posted a 1-2-0 record with a 3.34 GAA and an .886 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS: Forward Bracken Kearns continues to lead the way in the goals department, picking up his five goals on the season. Winger Michal Repik meanwhile leads in the assists (seven) and points (nine) categories while defenseman Colby Robak sits atop the plus-minus category with plus-four.

(3-4-2, 10th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
Friday, November 18 vs Reading (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, November 19 at Chicago (8:30pm ET)
Sunday, November 20 at Toledo (4:00pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: Cincinnati continued to struggle against the Chicago Express, falling in their third straight contest of the season against them with a 5-3 loss in Chicago. The Cyclones rebounded nicely as a change in opponent seemed to do the trick. Cincinnati recorded a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Saturday night against Trenton before defeating the Toledo Walleye 4-2 Tuesday morning. AJ Jenks set up Garrett Wilson for his third of the season to stake Cincinnati to a 2-0 lead 9:38 into the second period.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Cincinnati plays three times in three days, hosting Reading in the two team's second match-up of the season (Reading won 3-2 in Cincinnati's second game of the season). Then, the Cylcones travel to Chicago for the third time this season to take on the Express and the fourth game on the young year. The Cyclones will look to get on the board in the win column against their North Division rivals. Finally, Cincinnati will travel to Toledo for another North Division game on Sunday.


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