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Panthers Prospect Report: 11.28.12

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: RW         Shoots: Right
Height:   5-11         Weight: 200
Born: 8/1/86 in Arlington, TX
How Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent on July 1, 2012.
The Skinny
Winger Jon Rheault takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Signed by the Florida Panthers on the first day of Free Agency, July 1st, 2012, Rheault was looked at to provide forward depth and an offensive presence to the San Antonio Rampage…and has Rheault ever done that. 

Currently tied for the team lead in points with 14 and leading the team in goals with six, Rheault has been one of the most counted on players in San Antonio for offensive production. Rheault spent the last two seasons with Abbotsford finishing with 33 points (16-17-33) in 2011-2012 and 34 points (12-22-34) in 2010-2011. During his last season Rheault was plagued with injuries, limiting him to only 47 games, yet still finishing well with 33 points. Rheault is currently sitting approximately halfway to those numbers and the season is only at the end of its second month.

The Arlington, Texas native is setting an example for his team, especially the young players in their first professional season. Rheault is currently in his seventh AHL season and his experience is surely a factor for his success as well his ability to help the younger players around him.

Rheault currently has six goals and six assists in his last ten games for the Rampage. It seems Rheault is bouncing back quite well from last season.

San Antonio 17 6 8 14 0 4

(4-10-3, 17th in AHL Western Conference)


Wednesday, November 28 at Rochester (7:05pm ET)
Friday, November 30 at Lake Erie (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, December 1 at Lake Erie (1:00pm ET)

Tuesday, December 4 at Abbotsford (10:00pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Rampage are currently stuck in an eight-game losing streak, losing one game on the road and seven at home at the AT&T Center.  Coming off of the weekend, the Rampage fell to the Houston Aeros (9-6-3) on Friday in a close 2-1 game in which Scott Timmins scored the lone goal for San Antonio and Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots. The following day saw the Rampage take on the Abbottsford Heat (12-2-4), ending in another close decision. James Wright celebrated his goal in the second period, when it began raining teddy bears for the teddy bear toss night to tie the game at one, while Quinton Howden scored moments later with a pretty goal to take the lead. The game would ultimately tie and go into overtime, where Abbottsford and San Antonio would go to an eleven-round shootout, but the Heat would walk away victorious 3-2, despite Markstrom stopping 30 shots, including nine in the shootout. The weekend would end with a third straight game on Sunday, with a 5-3 loss to Texas (7-7-2). Drew Shore and Jon Rheault led the way while the rookie Shore, continuing his strong start to the season, scored two goals, both assisted by Rheault and added an assist on Rheault’s goal.  

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: San Antonio hits the road for the next week and a half, with the road trip’s first stop being in Rochester, NY against the seventh place Americans (9-6-1) where Marcus Foligno and T.J. Brennan have been topping the score sheets for Rochester. The next stop is for two games in Lake Erie (10-7-2) and ending the trip with two games in a rematch against Abbottsford (12-2-4).

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Despite where the Rampage are in the standings, the Rampage rookies have been a bright spot for the team. Shore has led the way for the Rampage all season. The 21-year old Center has made his presence felt as he leads the score sheet for the San Antonio.

Although it’s taken him a bit of time to come out of his shell in the AHL, Quinton Howden has been showing his presence a bit more as of late. With seven points on the season so far, Howden has scored three goals in the last seven games and has shown a bit more poise with the puck on the ice. Alex Petrovic, the top rookie defenseman for San Antonio, has also been a solid player for the team with six points (2-4-6).

BY THE NUMBERS: Currently the team lead in points is a tie of 14 points between Shore and Rheault. Although they may be tied in points, Rheault leads the team in goals with six (6-8-14) and Shore leads the team in Assists with nine (5-9-14).  Coming off of an AHL All-Star season, Colby Robak continues to lead the blue line of San Antonio. The 22-year old leads all defensemen with seven points (2-5-7). Eric Selleck has been a thorn in the sides of the teams the Rampage have faced. Selleck has been a physical force on the ice and currently leads the team in Penalty Minutes with 74 in 17 games played.  The goaltending tandem of Dov Grumet-Morris (2-4-8) and Jacob Markstrom (2-6-1) have had a rocky start to the season. Grumet-Morris leads with two shutouts, a save percentage of .921 and a Goals Against Average of 2.57.

(10-4-2, 5th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
Wednesday, November 28 vs Evansville (7:30pm ET)
Friday, November 30 vs Evansville (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, December 1 at Toledo (7:05pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Cyclones fell to in-state and division rivals, Toledo (11-7-1) at Cincinnati in a final score of 4-2. David MacDonald and Jonathan Hazen would light the lamp for the Cyclones. The following game would be also see the Cyclones against Toledo, with the score reversing in the Cyclones favor, and this time in Toledo’s barn.  Garrett Wilson, Hazen and Michael Pelech would score three straight goals against the Walleye to take a 3-0 lead which would stand until the third period. After Toledo scored a goal, the Cyclones answered back with David Pacan recording the tally. The final score would be 4-2, with goaltender Brian Foster making 22 saves for the victory. The following day the Cyclones traveled to Wheeling, to take on the Nailers (4-8-3), and walked away with a 2-0, shutout win, the very first professional shutout win for rookie goaltender, Zoltan Hetenyi. The goals for the contest both came from Wilson, who now leads the Cyclones in goals with eight goals.  

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Coming into the week and holding a two-game win streak, the Cyclones look to extend it against the Evansville Icemen (6-12-1). Cincinnati will take on Evansville twice before traveling to Toledo to take on the Walleye again in a big game, that could solidify a division lead for the Cyclones as they are currently sitting behind Toledo by one point (Toledo, 23 pts, Cincinnati, 22 pts).

THREE'S COMPANY: The top three offensive players for Cincinnati are some of the youngest guys in the locker room, with Pacan, Wilson and Hazen. Pacan, currently leads the team in points and has been the top playmaker on the team this season so far with ten assists. Garrett Wilson has just been finding the net all season for the Cyclones. Wilson has found his way onto the score sheet for Cincinnati in the last three games with four points (3-1-4). And let’s not forget Hazen, who had three points in the last three games (2-1-3) and closing in on Wilson and Pacan for team leads in goals and points respectively. In the last three games Pacan, Wilson and Hazen have combined for nine points (6-3-9).

BY THE NUMBERS: The Cyclones leader in points is Pacan. Pacan leads with 13 (3-10-13), while Wilson leads in goals, with eight, (8-3-11). The Defensemen are led by veteran Brian O’Hanley with eight points (2-6-8). Ever the physical presences on the ice, center, Pelech and defenseman, David MacDonald share the team lead in penalty minutes with 27. One of the brightest spots of the season has been the Cyclones goaltending. Foster currently sits in the Top-5 for goaltenders in the ECHL and has yet to lose in regulation (8-0-2). Foster also leads the team with a save percentage of .919 and a Goals Against Average of 2.24. Despite Foster’s shining start to this season, rookie goaltender Zoltan Hetenyi (2-4-1) holds the team’s only shutout this season as the young Hungarian net-minder looks to establish himself further in his professional career.


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