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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 ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Farm Cats: While You Were Out

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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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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