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Prospect Report: 12.14.10

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
ZACH HYMAN

Intangibles
Position: C              Shoots: Left
Height:   6-2            Weight: 195
Born: 6/9/92 in Toronto, Ontario
How Acquired: Panthers fifth-round pick (123rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Forward Zach Hyman takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken with the Panthers 11th selection (123rd overall in the fifth round) in this past summer's draft, Hyman is lighting up the Ontario Junior Hockey League this season.

The center leads his Hamilton Red Wings team and is third overall in the league in scoring with 69 points in just 27 games (2.56 points a game) on 28 goals and 41 assists. He already is just six points away from his career high of 75 points (set last season). The 28 goals are tied for fourth most in the league.

The 6'2 195 lb center was named the OJHL Player Of The Month for the month of October when he registered 27 points in just 10 contests. He also helped his Team Canada East team earn a silver medal at the World Junior 'A' Challenge in November (two goals and three assists in five games).

Following the draft, Hyman was said to be on par to the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jeff Skinner in their bantam days (both taken in the top-10 of this past year's draft) and according to Hockey's Future, there's belief that he could very well be the steal of the draft.

Hyman is set to play at the University of Princeton next season.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Hamilton 27 28 41 69 10 -

AMERKS.COM
(12-13-2, 14th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Tuesday December 14th vs Abbotsford (7:05pm)
  Friday December 17th vs Toronto (7:35pm)
Saturday December 18th at Toronto (3:00pm)
Sunday December 19th 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
(10-9-6, 7th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Wednesday December 15th vs Reading (7:30pm)
  Friday December 17th vs Wheeling (7:30pm)
Saturday December 18 vs Wheeling (7:30pm)

CYCLONES WELCOME IN ROYALS, NAILERS: The Cyclones will play three more home games before a week-long break for Christmas, beginning this Wednesday against the Reading Royals.  On Friday and Saturday night, Cincinnati will welcome in the Wheeling Nailers to U.S. Bank Arena for what will be a battle for first-place in the North Division.

HOLD 'EM TO THREE:
The ‘Clones have had great success when holding their opponents to 3 goals or less.  Cincinnati is 9-2-2 this season in this situation.

ONE AWAY FROM A RECORD: When Scott Reynolds notches his next assist, he will pass former Cyclones great David Desharnais for sole possession of fourth place on the All-Time Assists leaderboard.  They are currently tied with 77 helpers each.

STILL "HUNTING": Forward Dylan Hunter has been on fire of late.  He has points in each of his last four games, including back-to-back multi-point games.  In fact, he leads all Cyclones players in that category - registering 2 points or more five times this season.  Cincinnati is a perfect 5-0-0 when Hunter scores a goal.

ANOTHER SHUTOUT FOR "CHEVY": Last Tuesday, Cyclones goalie Marc Cheverie posted his ECHL-leading third shutout of the season.  With that blanking, he has eclipsed both Jeremy Smith and Robert Mayer’s shutout totals from last season...each had 2.  The last time a Cyclones goaltender had more than 3 shutouts in a season - Cedrick Desjardins in 2007-08, who had 5 that year.
                                                                                    




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