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Farm Cats: While You Were Out

All the latest from the Panthers prospects playing in the AHL and leagues around the world.

Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 2:00 PM / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Farm Cats: While You Were Out
All the latest from the Panthers prospects playing in the AHL and leagues around the world.

Predicting the futures of the Panthers rich roster of prospects can be as difficult as predicting what will happen next on True Detective. In both cases it is best not to worry about outcome and instead just strap in, enjoy the ride and hope nobody ends up in Carcosa.

Anyway, while most hockey fans have been busy shot gunning redline energy drinks to get pumped for 3:00 am Olympic start times, here is what has been happening down on the farm.

Stampeding Rampage:

The Rampage are in the midst of their annual Rodeo Road Trip, which is exactly what it sounds like. Every year San Antonio hosts a month long rodeo at the AT&T Center. The result for the Rampage is a ten game road trip spanning the entire month of February.

Don’t shed any tears for the Rampage though because right now they are straight killing it on their trip. San Antonio has won five of six games and with a 4-1 win last night over the Hamilton Bulldogs, they stretched their current winning streak to five games. The win also brought their point streak to 11 games, the longest streak of any AHL team this season. Just stellar stuff.

San Antonio’s winning ways has the team right back in the thick of the playoff race. With a record of 22-21-3-5, they sit just four points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Drew Shore

A huge part of San Antonio’s recent success has been the outstanding play of Drew Shore, who has goals in four straight and five in his last six. The 23-year-old Young Gun has been outstanding for San Antonio this year and he has also impressed in his 17 games with the Panthers, highlighted by a two-goal performance (including a short-handed marker) that propelled the Panthers to a win earlier this season in Pittsburgh.

Jacob Markstrom

While Shore has been fueling the Rampage offense, Jacob Markstrom (@j_markstrom) has been leading the charge in the crease. San Antonio has only allowed four goals throughout their five game winning streak and during that time the Rampage have not allowed more than one goal in a game.

Markstrom deserves a lot of the credit for the recent stingy play. In his three starts, the 24-year-old has stopped 79 of 81 shots faced including all 28 he faced in Saturday’s 3-0 shutout victory and 30 of the 31 he faced during last night’s win.

Further Down The Farm:

ECHL:

The Panthers ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones swept a two-game weekend road trip with wins over the Ft. Wayne Komets and the Toledo Walleye. The Cyclones’ momentum was tempered a bit last night when they fell 4-3 to the Kalamazoo Wings. Despite the loss, the Cyclones are still firmly in the playoff picture as they occupy second place in their division with 58 points.

Juniors:

Christopher Clapperton (@Clapperton57) has been steady for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada putting up five points (2-3-5) in his last four games. Clapperton has been a consistent offensive performer this season totaling 47 points (18-29-47) in 41 games.

Alexander Delnov (4th round, 2012) currently ranks second in scoring on the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL with 53 points (24-29-53) through 59 games. He has been off to a good start this February scoring four goals through the month’s first eight games.

NCAA:

Panthers defensive prospects Mike Matheson (1st round, 2012) (@MMatheson7) and Ian McCoshen (2nd round, 2013) (@IJMcCoshen3) led the #1 ranked BC Eagles to the Hockey East conference title with a two-game weekend sweep over the University of Vermont (4-3 on Friday, 5-3 on Saturday). McCoshen and Matheson each recorded an assist in the Eagles’ win on Friday. The wins extended the Eagles’ winning streaks to 10 games and their unbeaten streak to 17 straight.

Rocco Grimaldi (2nd round, 2011) (@RGrimaldi23) and the 16th ranked University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (rhymes with “Giroux”) completed a dominating two-game weekend sweep over the University of Miami-Ohio. Grimaldi erupted for a goal and three assists in UND’s 9-2 thrashing of Miami on Saturday. Grimaldi now has a team leading 26 points (11-15-26).

Kyle Rau (3rd round, 2011) (@KyleRau) tallied three assists in #2 ranked Minnesota’s two-game weekend sweep of Michigan. With the trio of helpers, Rau jumped out as the team’s assist leader with 21. (Personally, I want Rau to make the Panthers one day so I can put him in an edition of our award-winning Valentine’s Day Flubnotes, I mean….A-Rau-sed?…too easy).

That’s all from the farm for now. Feel free to get back to your T.J. Oshie shrines and Sidney Crosby voodoo dolls.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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