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Panthers Prospect Report: 12.06.11

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: C              Shoots: Left
Height:   6-0            Weight: 190
Born: 2/25/92 in Malden, MA
How Acquired: Panthers second round pick (50th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Center Connor Brickley takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken in the second round (50th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft, Brickley has had a successful sophomore season with the University of Vermont.

Brickley has already doubled his goal total from a season ago and his eight goals on the campaign lead his entire team. Picking up two assists in his first 14 games, Brickley sits second on the team in scoring with 10 points. The Malden, MA native picked up a goal and an assist in each of the two games this past weekend against Maine.

The 6-0 sandpaper of a forward was named to the preliminary roster for Team USA for the World Junior Championships. Brickley will look to break the final 22 man roster (currently at 29) along with two other Panthers prospects (Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau).

Vermont 14 8 2 10 12 2

(10-12-0, 12th in AHL Western Conference)


  Tuesday, December 6 vs Houston (7:00pm CT)
Friday, December 9 at Houston (7:35pm CT)
Saturday, December 10 vs Peoria (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, December 11 vs Charlotte (3:30pm CT)

WEEKLY NOTES: San Antonio earned a split against the AHL Western Conference leading Oklahoma City Barons over the weekend. In Friday night's game, it was a goaltender's duel as the Barons eeked out a 1-0 victory. Ryan Keller beat Jacob Markstrom (28 saves) for the lone goal in the third period. The next night, the Rampage would turn the favor in another one goal game. This time San Antonio earned the 2-1 victory off of goals by Michal Repik (breakaway) and Evan Barlow while Dov Grumet-Morris finished with 26 saves.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: It will be a busy seven days for the Rampage as they will take part in four games over that span. It all starts with two straight against their Texas neighbors, the Houston Aeros. The two teams have already faced off twice this season with each team winning on the opposing team's home ice. Then in their second and third games in a row to end the week, they'll host Peoria and Charlotte. San Antonio will look for their first victories of the season against both Peoria and Charlotte (one game played).

THREE-FOR-THREE: Rampage goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris improved to 3-0-0 in three games with San Antonio after stopping 26 of 27 shots versus Oklahoma City on Saturday. He has combined to make 77 saves on 79 shots faced and maintains a 0.67 goals against average and a .975 save percentage with the Rampage. 

PK DOING THE JOB: The Rampage penalty kill has killed off all 15 of the opposing team’s power plays over the last four games.

SATURDAY SUCCESS: After beating the Barons on Dec. 3, the Rampage improved to 5-1-0-0 in games played on Saturdays this season.

RAMPAGE WELCOME TWO NE PLAYERS: The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning made a four-player trade on Dec. 2 in which the Panthers obtained center James Wright and defenseman Mike Vernace for defensemen Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka. Both Wright and Vernace made their Rampage debut on Saturday and Wright notched an assist while Vernace was plus-1 in the San Antonio win.

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). Right on his tail is winger Bill Thomas who has six goals. Center Mark Cullen meanwhile leads the team assists (ten) while defenseman Colby Robak sits atop the plus-minus category with +12 which also puts him second in the league. Robak has posted eight helpers on the season as well.

(6-7-3, 12th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
Friday, December 9 at Toledo (7:00pm ET)
Saturday, December 10 vs Toledo (7:30pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Cyclones started off last week, falling to Greenville 4-3 in the shootout. There forward Justin Bowers was the lone goal-scorer in the one-on-one session, giving the visitors the victory. On Saturday night, Cincinnati was the victors as they earned a 6-5 victory over Greenville. Anthony Luciani was the hero as his second goal of the night with 1:24 left on the clock was the game winner. Luciani added an assist for his third point of the night.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: This weekend, Cyclones will have an opportunity to avenge a pair of losses to the Toledo Walleye with a home-and-home series against the “Fish” beginning Friday night at the Huntington Center. The Clones currently hold three games in hand on Nick Vitucci’s club but trail them in the North Division standings by three points. A pair of Cyclones wins would leapfrog them back into third place.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: With another three-points added to their home totals this year, the Clones remain on the ECHL’s best home point-scoring streak. With a record of 5-0-0-2 at U.S. Bank Arena, they are still the only team in the league to have not lost a regulation game at home and are outscoring their opponents by a total of 26-20 (an average of 3.7-2.8 per game).


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