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Prospect Report: 12.08.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
QUINTON HOWDEN

Intangibles
Position: LW           Shoots: Left
Height:   6-3            Weight: 183
Born: 1/21/92 in Oak Bank, Manitoba
How Acquired: Panthers third first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Forward Quinton Howden takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Invited to Team Canada's World Junior camp for the upcoming championships in Buffalo, Howden has earned it and has a great chance at making the final roster when it's announced following the camp.

“I’m very excited,” said Howden to Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. “This is something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and now I’m one step closer.”

Drafted with the Panthers third first-round pick in this past summer's draft, Howden leads his Moose Jaw Warriors team in goals (18) and points (35) while ranking 8th and 17th overall among all WHL skaters. He's easily on his way to surpassing last year's totals of 28 goals and 65 points in 65 games.

Well-known for his speed and his hard work, Howden is second in the WHL in short-handed goals (three). 

The 6'3 winger already has 10 multi-point games (27 played), including his last two games where he recorded three points (two goals) against Everett on Saturday and a goal and an assist Tuesday night against Lethbridge.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Moose Jaw 27 18 17 35 21 +8

AMERKS.COM
(10-13-1, 15th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday December 8th vs Hamilton (7:05pm)
  Friday December 10th vs Hamilton (7:35pm)
Saturday December 11th at Binghamton (7:05pm)
Sunday December 12th at Binghamton (5:05pm)

WEEKLY NOTES: Coming off one of the lighter weeks on their busy December schedule, the Rochester Americans kick it into full gear this week as the team prepares for four games within a five-night span. With home advantage on their side for the better part of the month, the Amerks are still on the uphill climb as they try to regroup after earning points in just three out of their last 10 games. Looking ahead, Rochester’s staggered schedule has it playing eight games over the course of the next two weeks, six of which are at home, and back-to-back three-game weekends with road trips slotted right in the middle. Rochester’s arduous schedule starts this week as it hosts Hamilton for a pair before entering into a home-and-home set with intrastate rival Binghamton on consecutive nights.    

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
Rochester continues its four-game homestand on Wednesday, December 8th as former Amerk bench boss Randy Cunneyworth and the first-place Hamilton Bulldogs return to The Blue Cross Arena for the first of back-to-back tilts between the North Division foes. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. The same two teams meet again on Friday, December 10th in a 7:35 p.m. matchup. Both contests will be carried live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. Fans can also tune into the live telecasts on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26. The games will mark the fourth and fifth of 10 scheduled meetings between the two clubs. Hamilton owns a perfect 3-0-0-0 record against Rochester this season, outscoring the Amerks 15-7 through the previous three get-togethers. Despite having yet to earn a win this season against the Bulldogs, the Amerks own a 68-58-9 all-time record against the Montreal Canadiens’ affiliate.

On Saturday, December 11th, the Amerks hit the road for a rare December away game, one of just three this month, as they take on the Binghamton Senators at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the first leg of a home-and-home series between the intrastate rivals. Binghamton makes its way upstate the following night to close out the two-game set with Rochester on Sunday, December 12th at 5:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. Fans can hear all the action live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. Sunday’s game will also be shown live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26. Rochester earned a 6-4 win in the first meeting with Binghamton back on November 10th. The Amerks are 29-31-5 lifetime against the B-Sens.

BY THE NUMBERS: Rochester is just 2-7-1-0 against North Division opponents this season, but shows an 8-6-0-0 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 nine contests at home, where they show a 3-9-0-0 record. The Amerks are 6-2-0-0 this season against the AHL’s four other New York State based teams, outscoring their fellow Empire State opponents 33-28. Four of Rochester’s last five games have been decided by one-goal margins, with both wins during that stretch coming over Syracuse.

MILESTONE WATCH: Defenseman Clay Wilson is just one game shy of his 100th game in an Amerk uniform, while fellow blueliner Joe Callahan needs just four more points to hit the century mark in his professional career. Second-year forward Evgeny Dadonov reached a pair of benchmarks this past weekend, skating in both his 200th professional game and 100th AHL game against Syracuse and Albany, respectively.

AMERKS NOTES: Rochester (10-13-1-0, 21 points) enters the busy week after earning two out of a possible four points over the weekend, with its only win coming in the form of a 6-5 victory over the Syracuse Crunch Friday night. Despite the much needed win, however, the Amerks have lost seven of their last nine and remain in the basement of the American Hockey League’s North Division, four points from the sixth-place Grand Rapids Griffins and 11 from the division-leading Hamilton Bulldogs. The Amerks have scored the second most goals among any other divisional opponent with 74 and are fourth in the North with 432 penalty minutes. Rochester currently has the third best power-play in the league (21.4 percentage), but its penalty kill ranks 28th out of the 30-team AHL with a 77.9 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: Coming off his three-assist outing against Syracuse Friday, third-year forward Michal Repik continues to be Rochester’s top point-getter with a team-high 21 assists and 25 points. Playing at more than a point-per-game pace, Repik also currently ranks tied for the AHL lead in assists, while being tied for 10th overall among the league’s top scorers. Repik also has a team-best eight assists on the power-play, good enough for eighth in the league. Dadonov leads the team with eight goals and is one of just five Amerks to appear in all 24 games for Rochester. Rookie left wing Eric Selleck has a team-high 73 penalty minutes, while he also ranks 14th in the league and second among AHL rookies in that category. Selleck is also tied for the AHL lead with 11 major penalties.

Wilson is presently tied for 10th in overall scoring among league blueliners with 15 points (5+10) and fellow defenseman Mike Kostka remains at a close second with 14 points (3+11), good enough for 16th among AHL rearguards. The pair also has seven helpers each on the power-play, which ties them for 19th in the AHL. Rookie goaltender Jacob Markstrom has seen the majority of time between the pipes thus far. Markstrom, who has started five straight and 11 of the last 14 games for the Amerks, boasts an 8-11-0 record with a 3.60 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage in 19 appearances. His eight wins tie him for 12th among AHL netminders, while he has the third most saves with 513.

WHO'S HOT: Dadonov has collected six points (3+3) in his last five games, including a pair of power-play tallies he scored back on November 21st against Syracuse. First-year forward AJ Jenks has four points (2+2) in as many games, including a pair of multi-point nights. Taylor has four assists in his last three games, having collected a pair of helpers in back-to-back outings during that stretch. Selleck scored his first professional goal Friday against the Crunch and Wilson saw his three-game point streak (1+4) come to an end that night against his former team.


CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM
(10-8-6, 3rd in ECHL Eastern Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Tuesday December 7th vs Bakersfield (7:30pm) (5-0 Win)
  Friday December 10th vs Toledo (7:30pm)

WEST SIDE STORY: Cincinnati has enjoyed some success against the Western Conference over the years.  Since the 2006-07 season, they have accumulated a 5-3 record against teams from the “left coast” including a 1-0 record against Bakersfield.  They last met the Condors in March of 2008 when the Cyclones won 7-2.  It will be the first time since Cincinnati resumed ECHL operation that a Western Conference team makes a visit to U.S. Bank Arena for a regular season game.

THE SHOOTING GALLERY:
Cyclones goaltender Marc Cheverie has been a busy man between the pipes.  He ranks second in the ECHL with 7 wins while his 448 saves are second most among all ECHL goaltenders this season.  Only Ontario’s Kellen Briggs has more stops this year.

NEARING ANOTHER RECORD: Scott Reynolds is very close to climbing up another spot on the franchise assist leaderboard.  Reynolds needs just one helper to tie David Desharnais for fourth-most all-time.

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..

                                                                                    




STATISTICS




Information from the amerks.com and cycloneshockey.com used to create this report.
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