Panthers 2009-10 junior prospects update

By Ian Bross

The Florida Panthers have only five prospects playing in junior this season. Three are forwards, two are defensemen.

OHL

Garrett Wilson, LW – Owen Sound Attack
Acquired: 4th Round, 107 overall, 2009 Draft

Wilson is not a dominant, but certainly noticeable and consistent producer for the Attack. Owen Sound has allowed more goals than any other in the league by a wide margin.

The 18-year-old is built solidly, standing 6’2 and weighing 205 pounds. He has played a rough and tumble style, and is among the league leaders in penalty minutes, already surpassing his total from last year. He’s recorded two fighting majors on the season. In addition, Wilson has scored 11 goals and eight assists through 24 games so far. He figures to set new career bests in these categories as well. Wilson’s key area for improvement is his skating.

Scott Timmins, C – Windsor Spitfires
Acquired: 6th Round, 165 overall, 2009 Draft

Also a 2009 draft pick, Timmins, who turned 20 in September, has been an effective goal scorer thus far with the defending Memorial cup champion Windsor Spitfires in an overage year. Back for his second year with the team with an added element of confidence in his game, he has made his presence felt.

Knocked out of action in late September, Timmins only missed two games before returning and tallying 11 goals through 14 games in the month of October. Posting goals in bunches, he did so on the strength four games with at least two goals, one of which was a hat trick against Owen Sound. In all, he has 14 goals and five assists in 21 games and plays in all situations.

A.J. Jenks, LW – Plymouth Whalers
Acquired: 4th Round, 100 overall, 2008 Draft

More was expected of the 19-year-old Jenks last season, one of relative tumult for his club. A rocky start and a coaching change stalled Jenks’ production after a career-high season prior to his draft selection by the Panthers two years ago. So far, he is off to a significantly better start than a year ago.

Jenks has been consistent, good enough to produce on a point-per-game pace. He has eight goals and 11 assists. His 19 points are good enough to place him third on his team. Jenks missed three games at the end of October into November. Upon returning, he has scored five points in three games.

Adam Comrie, D – Guelph storm
Acquired: 3rd Round, 80 overall, 2008 Draft

Another 2008 draft pick, the 19-year-old was acquired in a trade by Guelph during the offseason from the Saginaw Spirit.  Comrie is a tall, two-way defender with a terrific shot. He scored four goals and five assists for nine points through the first nine games of October, before going without a point and registering a combined minus eight rating in the final two games of the month.

Comrie has six goals and 10 assists in 21 games. He has ended up thus far with a -7 rating on the year, compared to a plus eight rating through as many games a season ago. Comrie is not afraid to get involved on both ends of the ice. A quality that could perhaps sometimes work to his detriment, but overall is valuable quality.

WHL

Colby Robak, D – Brandon Wheat Kings
Acquired: 2nd Round, 46th overall, 2008 Draft

Robak is the only Panthers prospect presently in the WHL. It is his fourth year playing with the Brandon Wheat Kings and the 19-year-old is wearing an ‘A’ on his jersey this year.

Overall, Robak has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 24 games, best in all three categories among Wheat Kings defenders. He is a capable power-play quarterback, putting his vision and passing skills on display. A goal and five assists of his total have come with the man advantage. He also has a +14 rating, tied for the tops on the team. Most recently, Robak had two goals including the game winner in an 8-7 overtime victory over the Regina Pats.

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