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Prospect Report: 01.06.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers


Position: G          Catches: Left
Height:   6-3         Weight: 178
Born: 1/31/90 in Gavle, Sweden
How Acquired: Florida's first choice (31st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Being the competitive player that he is, Jacob Markstrom wasn't ecstatic about Sweden's bronze in the recently completed World Juniors Championships in Saskatoon.

But there's nothing to frown on in terms of Markstrom's play in the tournament and for Brynas IF this season.

The Panthers 2nd-Round pick in the 2008 NHL draft has excelled this year. He posted a 4-1 record at the Championships and was second in the tourny with a 2.21 GAA and .927 save percentage.

His play for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League has the club in the top eight and currently in the playoffs. His save percentage (.924) and goals against average (2.10) is good enough for second in the league

Team  GP W-L-T GAA SV%
Brynas IF 30 10-7-7 2.10 .924
Sweden 5 4-1-0 2.21 .927

(22-13-2, 2nd in AHL Western Conference)

Friday January 8th vs Grand Rapids (7:05pm)
Saturday January 9th vs Lake Erie (2:00pm)
Sunday January 10th vs Binghamton (5:00pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: After ending 2009 on the road, the Rochester Americans return home to welcome in the start of 2010 with three straight contests on home ice, two of which are against North Division opponents. Coming off another winless weekend, and with the team continuing its fight to remain among the top of the American Hockey League standings, the Amerks look to turn their three-game skid into a three-game winning streak. This week, Rochester hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins and Lake Erie Monsters in divisional matchups before entertaining interstate rival Binghamton in three games in as many nights.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE… NOT SO MUCH THE ROAD: With a third 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, the Amerks are now 13-2-2-0 on home ice. Conversely, 11 of Rochester’s 13 losses in regulation thus far this season have been away from the friendly confines of The Blue Cross Arena.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (22-13-2-0, 46 points) enters the week currently second in the North Division and tied for fourth overall in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose and Texas Stars. The Amerks sit 10 points behind the defending Calder Cup champion and league-leading Hershey Bears and five from the second-place Hamilton Bulldogs after falling in their last three games.

Despite dropping seven of the their last nine, the Amerks have won 21 of their last 33 games, including 13 of the last 16 at home, and have the league’s fourth best winning percentage (.622). The Amerks, who are tied for fourth in the AHL with six shorthanded goals, have outscored their opponents 108-95 in the last 32 games and have allowed the third fewest number of goals in their division with 111. Additionally, their 118 goals for are also the second most in the division. Rochester is third in the AHL with a 20.2 power-play percentage and is 17th with an 81.7 penalty-killing percentage.? ?

Forward Jamie Johnson, who has skated in all 37 games for the Amerks this season, currently leads Rochester with a team-high 13 goals and 34 points, while his 21 assists are equal to that of Taylor and defenseman Clay Wilson. Averaging just under a point per game, Johnson is tied for sixth in the AHL in overall point production after collecting 30 points (13+17) in his last 26 outings, while his 13 goals also tie him for seventh in the league. The trio sits tied for eighth in the league with 21 helpers. Taylor remains at a close second with 30 points (9+21) and is 11th in the league in scoring.

Amerks tough-guy Jimmy Bonneau is first on the team and sixth in the league with a team-high 116 penalty minutes. Wilson (4+21), who has nine points in his last eight outings, stands nine points ahead of fellow blueliner Keaton Ellerby (6+10) and continues to remain Rochester’s top scoring defenseman. The duo is currently ranked tied for second and ninth in scoring among league blueliners, respectively. Wilson also shows a league-best 14 power-play assists. Third-year defenseman Jordan Henry, who has notched three points over his last four appearances, owns the team’s best on-ice rating with a plus-10.?

With first-year goaltender Alexander Salak sidelined with an injury, Ryan Mior has seen significant playing time between the pipes for Rochester. Mior, who started five of the last six games for the Amerks, is 3-4-0 and carries a 3.03 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in seven games. Mior played for current Amerks head coach Benoit Groulx for two seasons (2006-08) with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.

Despite missing the last five games, Salak boasts a 16-4-0 record with 583 saves in 22 games. His 2.33 goals-against average and .927 save percentage are currently 10th and sixth among league netminders, respectively, while his 16 wins are third best. In 22 games, Salak has only allowed 46 goals.

(17-13-5, 5th in ECHL American Conference)
Friday January 8th at Elmira (7:35pm)
Saturday January 9th at Elmira (7:35pm)
Sundat January 10th at Reading (5:05pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: The Florida Everblades first half of their season-high 11-game road trip started off well. The ‘Blades blew through the South Division with two wins over Gwinnett and one over Charlotte, while dropping decisions in overtime to the Gladiators and in regulation to the Stingrays.

Last week, Florida split their two games, falling 4-1 to South Carolina on New Year's Eve while rebounding to earn a 5-4 shootout victory over Gwinnett to start off the New Year.
The ‘Blades take to the road once again. They travel up North to Elmira, New York for two games before heading to Reading, Pennsylvania and then Trenton, New Jersey. Florida will battle Elmira, Reading and Trenton each twice in their buildings before returning home January 22.


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