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Panthers Prospect Report: 11.01.11

Tuesday, 11.1.2011 / 6:15 PM ET / News
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Panthers Prospect Report: 11.01.11

PROSPECT ON FIRE
KYLE RAU

Intangibles
Position: F              Shoots: Left
Height:   5-8            Weight: 158
Born: 10/24/92 in Hoffman Estates, ILL
How Acquired: Panthers third round pick (91st overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Skinny
Forward Kyle Rau takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Taken in the third round (91st overall) in this past summer's draft, Rau is off to a flying start at the University of Minnesota.

Playing on the top line as a freshman, Rau looks anything but as he is currently second on the team in scoring, posting 13 points in the Gophers first eight games. Playing on the wing with another Panthers prospect, Nick Bjugstad, Rau has already registered three game-winners and four power play goals among his team leading (tied actually) seven goals.

The 5'8 forward who led his Eden Pairie high school team to a Minnesota state championship while garnering Mr. Hockey honors along the way (best high school player) leads all NCAA freshman in scoring while posting 1.625 points a game to date.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
University of Minnesota 8 7 6 13 2 +12

SARAMPAGE.COM
(3-5-0, 15th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

  Saturday, November 5 vs Toronto (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, November 6 vs Texas (3:30pm CT)


WEEKLY NOTES: It's been a rough go for the San Antonio Rampage of late. After defeating Texas on October 20 to improve to 3-1 on the season, the Rampage have dropped their last four games by a combined score of 17-4. All four losses have come at the AT&T Center. This past week, San Antonio fell to Houston (4-2), Charlotte (4-1) and Oklahoma City (4-1). Greg Rallo and Bill Thomas tallied in San Antonio's loss to Houston on Friday while defensemen Colby Robak (Charlotte) and Mike Kostka (Oklahoma City) were the only ones to solve the opposing netminders on Saturday and Sunday.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The Rampage will host the Toronto Marlies in a home contest at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The Marlies, who enter this week leading the North Division with a 5-3-1-0 record, will make the visit to San Antonio for their first matchup of the season against the Rampage. The Rampage will be back in action on Sunday to play their in-state rivals, the Texas Stars. San Antonio beat Texas in Austin on Oct. 20 by a score of 4-3 in the first contest between the two rivals. The Rampage currently sit second in the Lone Star Faceoff standings with a record of 2-1-0-0, good for four points. 

THOMAS MOVES UP IN RANK: With his goal against the Houston Aeros on Friday, Rampage forward Bill Thomas ascended on a few of the franchise’s all-time lists. Thomas now ranks seventh in goals (38), eighth in assists (49), eighth in points (87) and second in short-handed goals (3) in the San Antonio record books.

PLANTE MAKES DEBUT: Tyler Plante made his first two appearances in the Rampage net this weekend. He made 40 saves on 45 shots in two starts com-bined against the Houston Aeros on Friday and against the Oklahoma City Barons on Sunday.

DEVELOPING CHEMISTRY: Linemates Greg Rallo and Mark Cullen com-bined for four points Friday night in the Rampage’s 4-2 loss to Houston. Rallo tallied a goal and an assist while Cullen had two helpers in the defeat.

BY THE NUMBERS: Still leading the way in goals for the Rampage is Bracken Kearns (three). Forwards Matt Cullen and Michal Repik tie for the team lead in terms of assists (four) while Repik leads the way in points (five). Colby Robak has had a successful start of the season from the blueline, posting a team-high plus-four while also registering four points (two goals) in the team's first five games.

CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM
(1-3-0, 10th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Friday, November 4 at Chicago (8:30pm ET)
Saturday, November 5 vs Chicago (7:30pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: It was a relatively quiet week for Cincinnati with just one game on the docket. In that game the Cyclones fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss to Kalamazoo. Despite four unanswered goals by the Cyclones in the third period, the Wings (were able to squeak out a 6-5 victory. Cincinnati posted a season high 46 shots on net. The Cyclones finished a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill and 4 of 10 on the power play – which was the most man-advantage goals scored in a single game since January 14, 2009 against Wheeling. Adam Comrie had a three-point night despite the loss and now has points in three-straight games.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Cincinnati will play two this weekend against the Chicago Express. On Friday, they make a visit to Chicago before finally opening up their home slate of the 2011-12 season. Chicago is 3-2 in their first five games.

SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: Through the first four games of the season, Cincinnati has outshot its opponents by a combined total of 146-124. The Cyclones average of 36.5 shots per-game ranks second in all of the ECHL. In fact, the have posted at least 35 shots in their last three games.
 
ROSTER SHUFFLE: This week, the Cyclones have seen a bunch of player moves. On Monday, Joe Devin, Keith Seabrook, and Garrett Wilson were called up to the San Antonio Rampage while Milwaukee recalled forward Ben Ryan. In addition, Cincinnati was assigned rookie forward Joel Champagne from the Admirals.
                                                                                    




STATISTICS




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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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