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Panthers Prospect Report: 11.30.10

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
Forward Drew Shore takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

In his second season playing for the University of Denver, the sophomore has had a great start, compiling 22 points in 16 games of action including 12 goals. His goal and point totals leads Denver with his point total tying him for third overall in all of college hockey.

The Denver, Co native had a great weekend, recording six points (four goals) while leading Denver Cup. He netted a hat trick and an assist in Denver's first game against Lake Superior State. The 6'3 center then recorded the game-winner and added an assist in the title game against Air Force. Those efforts netted him the MVP of the Thanksgiving tournament.

"Throughout the summer, I kind of used last year as motivation and I definitely wanted to have a good start," said Shore to the media following the tournament. Shore had 19 points in 41 games as a freshman last season. "With a good start, confidence  starts to come and I'm just going to try and keep rolling."

Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Denver 16 12 10 22 16 +12

(9-12-1, 14th in AHL Western Conference)

Friday December 3rd vs Syracuse (7:35pm)
  Saturday December 4th vs Albany (7:35pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: With the final month of the 2010 calendar year just around the corner, it’s safe to say that the Rochester Americans will certainly be home for the holidays. As November comes to a close, and the American Hockey League enters its third month of play for the 2010-11 season, the month of December brings with it a very busy schedule for the Amerks, who will be on home ice a season-high nine times straight through Christmas. Over the course of the next four weeks, Rochester has 13 games on its upcoming schedule, one that includes its second four-game homestand in as many weeks and a four-game in five-night stretch on tap the week after. Coming off another winless weekend, and after dropping six of their last seven, the Amerks look to take advantage of some much needed time at home within the friendly confines of The Blue Cross Arena, where they have struggled as of late. This week, Rochester hosts intrastate rivals Syracuse and Albany in the battle for Interstate-90 supremacy.    

Re-joining the Amerks this week is veteran defenseman Joe Callahan, following his reassignment back to the Flower City from the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon. The Brockton, Massachusetts, native appeared in two games with the big club in his recent NHL promotion, recording a total 28:51 of ice time during the stint. Callahan made his debut with the Panthers in Florida’s 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on November 24th. In 20 AHL contests with the Amerks this season, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound blueliner has one goal and five assists for six points. Brady Calla also makes his return to Rochester after earning one assist in four games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. Prior to joining the Cyclones, Calla played in 10 games with the Amerks to start the season, scoring one goal and assisting on another.

ROAD WARRIORS: Rochester opens its December slate on Friday, December 3rd as former Amerk Nathan Paetsch and the Syracuse Crunch return to The Blue Cross Arena for the second time in as many weeks. The 7:35 p.m. contest will be the second of 10 scheduled meetings this season between the longtime rivals and will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. The game will also be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26. The Amerks strung together three straight power-play goals in a 52-second span to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 win in the previous get-together with the Crunch on November 21st. Rochester is 1-0-0-0 this season and 92-76-15 all-time against the Anaheim Ducks’ affiliate.                                                      

The Amerks continue their four-game homestand on Saturday, December 4th as they exchange pleasantries with the Albany Devils for the third time this season. Game time is slated for 7:35 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The game will be carried live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. Fans can also tune into the live telecast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26. Rochester and Albany currently split the season series after the Amerks dropped a 4-0 decision to the Baby Devils in the last meeting between the two teams.

BY THE NUMBERS: Rochester is just 2-7-1-0 against North Division opponents this season, but shows a 7-5-0-0 mark against non-divisional rivals. The Amerks have played 11 of their first 20 games on the road, but they will now play seven of their next eight contests at home, where they show a 2-8-0-0 record. The Amerks are 5-1-0-0 this season against the AHL’s four other New York State based teams, outscoring their fellow Empire State opponents 27-21. Thirty-seven different players have suited up rookie Head Coach Chuck Weber, including half a dozen call-ups from ECHL clubs.

MILESTONE WATCH: Defenseman Clay Wilson is just three games shy of his 100th game in an Amerk uniform, while Callahan needs just four more points to hit the century mark in his professional career. Second-year forward Evgeny Dadonov will skate in his 200th pro game Friday night against Syracuse.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (9-12-1-0, 19 points) enters the week on a two-game skid after coming up empty-handed following a pair of losses to Toronto and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past weekend. Rochester has now lost six of its last seven to fall to the basement of the American Hockey League’s North Division, three points from the sixth-place Grand Rapids Griffins and 11 from the division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs. The Amerks have scored the most goals among any other divisional opponent with 68 and are third in the North with 424 penalty minutes. Rochester currently has the third best power-play in the league (22.4 percentage), but its penalty kill ranks 28th out of the 30-team AHL with a 77.0 success rate. As a team, the Amerks have also allowed a league-high eight shorthanded goals against, four coming at home and four on the road.

TEAM AND LEAGUE LEADERS: Despite presently being on recall with the parent Florida Panthers, third-year forward Michal Repik continues to be Rochester’s top point-getter with a team-high 18 assists and 22 points. Playing at more than a point-per-game pace, Repik also currently ranks tied for second in the league in assists, while being tied for 15th overall among the league’s top scorers. Repik also has a team-best eight assists on the power-play, good enough for seventh in the league. Kenndal McArdle, Bill Thomas and Dadonov share the team lead with seven goals apiece, though Thomas is also on NHL recall with Florida. With forward Triston Grant sidelined with an injury, rookie left wing Eric Selleck is among the league leaders in penalty minutes. His 73 penalty minutes are currently a team-best, while he also ranks fifth in the league and second among AHL rookies in that category.

With Repik and Thomas in South Florida, Wilson presently leads the Amerks with a team-high 15 points (5+10) and is tied for sixth overall in scoring among league blueliners. Mike Kostka remains at a close second with 14 points (3+11) is also tied for 10th among AHL rearguards. The special teams extraordinaire has accounted for seven of his 11 helpers on the power-play, which ties his for 14th in the AHL.

Rookie goaltender Jacob Markstrom has seen the majority of time between the pipes thus far. Markstrom, who has started three straight and nine of the last 12 games for the Amerks, boasts a 7-10-0 record with a 3.67 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage in 17 appearances. His seven wins tie him for 12th among AHL netminders, while he has the third most saves with 456.

(8-6-6, 3rd in AHL Western Conference)
Friday December 3rd vs Florida (7:30pm)
  Saturday December 4th vs Florida (7:30pm)
Sunday December 5th at Toledo (4:00pm)

HOSTING FLORIDA THIS WEEK: Following their longest road trip of the season, the Cyclones will play three games in three days...two of which will be at U.S. Bank Arena this weekend against the Florida Everblades.

Cincinnati finished this past month with a 7-3-4 record.  It was their best November mark since the 2007-08 season, when they finished 10-3-1.

MORE "O" FROM THE "D": Both Brian O’Hanley and T.J. Fast continue to rank among the ECHL’s most offensively minded defensemen. O’Hanley is tied for second on the Cyclones in scoring with 16 points and is 3rd among all league blue-liners. Fast’s 10 points (5 G, 5 A) rank him 7th in that category.  While his 4 power play goals are tied for the ECHL lead among D-men.

MULTI-GOAL GLORY: With Dustin Sproat’s pair of goals in last Friday’s 4-3 OT loss at Reading, he joins Brett Robinson and Sam D’Agostino as the only Cyclones players this season to log a multi-goal game..



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