There are a lot of fantastic young players who have the potential to be great one day playing currently playing for the San Antonio Rampage. While the team is stacked to the top with these great young prospects, a few of them really stick out. One of those players is defender Alex Petrovic. Alex Petrovic was selected by the Florida Panthers 36th overall during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. You might recall that that was the same year that the Florida Panthers selected Erik Gudbranson with the 3rd overall selection. The decision to go with two defenders within the first couple of rounds showed that the Panthers were slowly, but surely trying to get younger at the position. So far we have all seen what Gudbranson could do; however, we have yet to see what Petrovic could do in a NHL uniform. Hopefully we get a chance to see just what the youngster could do. Read the rest of this entry
If you missed my post last week highlighting some of the Rampage’s offensive players for this upcoming season, be sure to check it out here. With the season only a few days away, it’s the perfect time for me to highlight some of the Rampage’s defensive players who I’m excited to watch this season.
Colby Robak- Now in his third AHL season, Colby’s adjusted to the AHL quite nicely. Last season he earned a call up with the Panthers and Florida fans got their chance to watch him play.I’m curious and excited to see what Colby will do this year. His offensive contributions always make him an exciting player to watch. During his first year with the Rampage, he set a single season record for the organization when he racked up 39 points throughout the year. Let’s see if he can manage to break that record this year.
Alex Petrovic- Petrovic spent last season with his the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL and joined the Rampage for the last five games of the regular season, and for all nine post season games. He assisted on a goal during the regular season and added two goals and four assists during the playoffs. In 68 games with the Rebels he tallied 12 goals and 36 assists and picked up 141 penalty minutes along the way. I’m looking forward to how he will transition into the AHL level of play full time this season. Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday at the Saveology.com Iceplex, a metaphorical wrench was thrown in the Panthers’ plan for the upcoming year. Erik Gudbranson, in an informal workout session, apparently badly injured his shoulder. Even though he received treatment right away and the Panthers have yet to announce his injury, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel was tipped off that Gudbranson could be out of action for up to four months.
Gudbranson could still be considered the Panthers’ sixth defenseman, even after his ice time increased late in the season and during the playoffs last year. His NHL stats, though they aren’t spectacular (2 goals, 6 assists, -19 plus/minus, 78 penalty minutes), were decent enough to hold off his competition and keep his spot on the blue line. As the year progressed, you could really see coach Kevin Dineen‘s confidence in Gudbranson grow. His ice time grew, he took more chances in the offensive zone, and he took more faceoffs in his own zone - I detailed his progress as a player about a month ago. Most people were looking forward to see if Gudbranson’s second NHL season would push him up to star status.