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Panthers Prospect Report: 11.29.11

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: D              Shoots: Left
Height:   6-3            Weight: 210
Born: 4/24/90 in Dauphin, AB
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (46th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Defenseman Colby Robak takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken in the second round (46th overall) in the 2008 NHL draft, Robak showed flashes of potential as a powerful two-way defenseman in his first professional season with the Rochester Americans last season is looking to use his size and speed to have a breakout year during the 2011-2012 season as he continues to improve his game each week.

In his first season in the AHL, Robak posted 24 points (7-17-24) and was a -12 in 76 games. Now in his second year, he has already racked up 13 points (5-8-13) and has a +13 rating through 20 games and is currently on pace to surpass his career highs in points, goals, and assists.

The 6-3 Gilbert Plains, Manitoba native led the Rampage to two victories this weekend with four points (2-2-4) in two games against Abbotsford and was also a +4 on the weekend. Robak’s 13 points has him sitting in second on San Antonio in scoring and his team leading +13 rating is good enough for second in the AHL.

Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
San Antonio 20 5 8 13 10 +13

(9-11-0, 11th in AHL Western Conference)


  Friday, December 2 at Oklahoma City (7:00pm CT)
Saturday, December 3 at Oklahoma City (7:00pm CT)

WEEKLY NOTES: San Antonio is coming off back-to-back wins against Abbotsford this past weekend and is now 4-2 in their last six games spent on the road. They have outscored the opposition 16-14 and are now looking to put together their first three game win streak of the season this upcoming week. In the two victories over the weekend, goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris allowed only one goal on 52 shots faced and on Friday recorded the team’s first shutout of the season. Team captain Nolan Yonkman registered his first goal of the season in Friday’s game against the Heat to open the scoring as the Rampage went on to win 5-0. In Sunday’s action the Rampage jumped out to an early lead on Colby Robak’s fifth goal of the season and never looked back winning 3-1.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The Rampage will conclude a seven game road trip on Friday in Oklahoma City to take on the Barons in the first of a home and home series, as the Rampage will look to even up the season series at 2-2 as the Barons have defeated the Rampage on home ice twice this year.  

GETTING OFFENSIVE: With a goal and three assists in two games against the Heat over the weekend Colby Robak is now second on the team in points with 13, and leads the team with a plus/minus of +13 through 20 games. . 

MORE MORRIS: Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris made his first two starts for the Rampage after being signed earlier this month. In his first start on Friday Grumet-Morris stopped all 21 shots faced giving the Rampage their first shutout of the year, then another 30 saves on 31 shots faced on Sunday, giving him a GAA of .50 and .981 save percentage, with one shutout and an .886 save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS: Forward Bracken Kearns continues to lead the way in the goals department, picking up his seventh goal on the season, Kearns also leads all skaters in points with 15 (7-8-15). Center Mark Cullen meanwhile leads the team assists (ten) while defenseman Colby Robak sits atop the plus-minus category with +13 which also puts him second in the league.

(5-7-2, 12th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
Tuesday, November 29 vs Greenville (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, December 3 vs Greenville (7:30pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: With only one win on the road this year the Cyclones were happy to return home to face Kalamazoo Wednesday night after losing two straight on the road. The Cyclones RW Daniel Koger’s led the way with two goals and two assists to go along with Chris Cahill’s shorthanded goal to beat the Wings 5-2 and extend their winning streak on home ice to four games.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Tonight Cincinnati will kick off a two game home stand against the Greenville Road Warriors. It will be the first time that the two teams face off this season. A year ago, Cincinnati went 2-1-0-1 against Greenville and former Cyclones assistant coach Dean Stork.

CINCINNATI HOME WARRIORS: So far this season, the Clones have been very successful in Downtown Cincinnati. Coming into the week, the Cyclones are 4-0-0-1 at U.S. Bank Arena. They are the only team in the ECHL that has yet to lose a home game in regulation and have strung together the longest active home winning streak in the league.

LIKING THE NEW SCENERY: New Cincinnati center Mike Pelech has flourished in his new surroundings since being traded here last week. In his first two games with the Cyclones, he has posted four assists. He had registered only five "helpers" in ten games with his previous team, the Toledo Walleye.


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