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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
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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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