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Panthers Prospect Report: 12.16.09

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: C           Shoots: Right
Height:   6-2         Weight: 206
Born: 6/27/90 in Detroit, MI
How Acquired: Drafted in 4th round (100th overall) in 2008 NHL Draft
The Skinny
Drafted two years ago by the Panthers, AJ Jenks is lighting it up for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) this season.

The Panthers fourth-round pick is second on his team in scoring with only highly regarded prospect Tylor Seguin ahead of him (projected to be one of top two players drafted this season). Jenks has 35 points in 28 games.

Jenks, Plymouth's captain, is averaging 1.25 points a game this season and last week he was especially good, recording eight points (two goals) in three games. He was nominated for the OHL Player Of The Week.

The Detroit, Michigan native is now off to North Dakota to try and make the U.S' junior team that will compete in Saskatoon, Canada beginning December 26th.

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(20-7-1, 2nd in AHL Western Conference)

Friday December 18th, vs Hershey (7:05pm)
Saturday December 19th at Hershey (7:00pm)
Sunday December 20th vs Hamilton (5:00pm)
Tuesday December 22nd at Lake Erie (7:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: Coming off their first winless weekend of the 2009-10 season, the Rochester Americans bounced back Tuesday against Syracuse, posting a 5-3 victory in front of the home crowd. The Amerks have another busy week before the Christmas break, playing four games in a five day span as the team continues its fight to remain among the top of the American Hockey League standings. This week, the Amerks have a home-and-home series with the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears followed by a Sunday matinee against the Hamilton Bulldogs before finishing up Tuesday in Lake Erie.

TAYLOR SHOOTS FOR 1,000 POINTS: With Chris Taylor already moving ahead of Dick Gamble into the No.4 spot on the all-time assist list and currently tied with Craig Charron for 15th on the all-time goal list, the 18-year pro sits just three goals and one point away from moving ahead of Gordie Clark and Norm “Red’ Armstrong for 14th and seventh on the all-time list, respectively. Just six games short of 400 career AHL contests, Taylor is just three points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau and just 28 games away from the 1,200 professional games.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE… NOT SO MUCH THE ROAD: ?With the first quarter of the season already in the books, home ice advantage has been beneficial for the Amerks. After earning their first regulation loss of the season at home over the past weekend, the Amerks are now 10-1-0-0 on home ice. Conversely, six of seven Rochester losses thus far this season have been away from the friendly confines of The Blue Cross Arena.

AMERKS NOTES: ?Rochester (20-7-1-0, 41 points) enters the week currently third in the AHL and trail the league-leading Manchester Monarchs by two points and sit just one behind the West Division Texas Stars.

The Amerks have won 19 of their last 25 games, including 11 of the last 12 at home, and own the league’s best winning percentage (.732).? ?The Amerks, who are tied for third in the AHL with six shorthanded goals, have outscored their opponents 85-62 in the last 24 games and have allowed the second fewest number of goals in their division with 70. Additionally, their 93 goals for are tied for most in the division. Rochester is second in the AHL with a 21.3 power-play percentage and is 11th with an 85.3 penalty-killing percentage.

Veteran forwards Jamie Johnson and Chris Taylor currently pace Rochester’s offense. Johnson has a team-high 25 points while Taylor has 23. Johnson is tied for 13th in the league in point production, while Taylor continues to lead the team with 17 assists. Two-time Calder Cup champion Graham Mink along with Johnson are tied for the team lead in goals (10). Johnson has now picked up 20 points (10+10) in his last 17 games.

Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau, who surpassed the 100-PIM plateau over the weekend, is first on the team and tied for fifth in the league with a team-high 109 penalty minutes after dropping the gloves 16 times in his last 20 games. Defenseman Clay Wilson (3+13) stands just two points ahead of Jason Garrison (3+11) in the fight for Rochester’s top scoring defenseman. Wilson is also tied for third in the AHL with nine power-play assists.

First-year goaltender Alexander Salak boasts a league-best 16-3-0 record with 538 saves in just 20 games. His 2.26 goals-against average and .928 save percentage are currently 11th and seventh among league netminders, respectively, while his 16 wins are presently a league best. In 20 games, Salak has only allowed 42 goals.

(12-11-4, 8th in ECHL American Conference)
Wednesday December 16 vs Wheeling (7:30pm)
Friday December 18 vs Wheeling (7:30pm)
Saturday December 19 vs Wheeling (7:30pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: It was another one of those weeks for the Everblades last week. Florida started out the week of games with a wild come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory against the Charlotte Checkers. Charlotte had scored the game's first three goals and had a 3-1 lead after forty minutes of play. The Blades fought their way back on goals from Brandon Buck and Harrison Reed got it tied and Ryan Lang netted the game winner 2:36 into the extra session.

Charlotte controlled play in the teams' two other games with a 4-1 victory on Friday and a 3-0 shutout victory on Saturday. The Everblades are now eighth in the American Conference with a 12-11-4 record.

Florida has three more home games this week before six days off for the Christmas break. The Wheeling Nailers make their first trip to Germain Arena to take on the Everblades today, Friday and Saturday.


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