Posts Tagged ‘Michael Frolik’

Chicago Blackhawks Signed Alexander Salak

June 20, 2011 - By
Chicago Blackhawks Signed Alexander Salak

The Chicago Blackhawks signed former Rochester Americans goalie Alexander Salak to a two year one way contract worth approximately $1.2 million.  It’s still possible Salak will play in the American Hockey League on a one way contract but it means he’ll be paid NHL cash if he does.

Yes, this news is about a month old but someone asked me over the weekend where Salak was playing so I decided to take a minute to post.

Last season Salak played for Farjestad BK in the Swedish Elite League. He ranked second in the league with a 1.97 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.  When he played for the Amerks during the 2009-2010 season he was a fan favorite with his Dominik Hasek style of play.  Teams quickly seemed to figure him out and his stats went downhill thanks to the Florida Panthers not providing him with a full time goalie coach (at least in my opinion).

Salak had been loaned to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League for the 2010-11 season by the Florida Panthers before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 9, 2011.  The Panthers had also sent Michael Frolik to the Blackhawks in exchange for Jack [...]Read More

Evgeni Dadonov Not Yet Ready

July 6, 2009 - By

Evgeni Dadonov was drafted in the 3rd round (71st overall) of the 2007 draft by the Florida Panthers and has been a player that a few people have kept an eye on as a future star.

Dadonov was one player I continued to miss while at the Teen Ranch at the Panthers Development Camp so unfortunately I did not have the chance to talk to him.

As a player what I saw was someone who always knew where the puck was and where he needed to be in order to make the play.  That’s a general statement that should cover any professional hockey player but is not always the case.

During a drill where players went one on one battling for a puck Dadonov was grouped with Michael Frolik, Shawn Matthias, Kenndal McArdle, and Michal Repik.  The group of players with the highest expectations.

This was my second year watching camp at the Teen Ranch and for the second year being able to watch Dadonov develop more as player was interesting.  My first reaction was that he did not seem to be the star player that some fans and other web sites have hyped him up to be, but after [...]Read More

A few notes from Camp

June 3, 2009 - By

Just wrapping up our second day at the Florida Panthers Development Camp and taking a moment to share a few things.  The core group of the players at the camp is who will be playing for the Rochester Americans next season.

The camp is a time where players show up to learn, this is not about players trying to get a roster spot.  That opportunity comes in September.  At the camp the players are being equipped with knowledge of how they can continue to develop over the summer.

That’s not going to stop us from talking about how they look though.

A lot of so called experts don’t agree, but I think Michael Caruso is one of the top defensive prospects of the Panthers.  He said he’s going to spend the off season getting bigger.

Alexander Salak looks great on the ice.  One of the things I noticed is that he uses his stick a lot.  He’s not afraid to go after the puck.

Tyler Plante looks great as well continuing his late season revival.  If his shoulder can hold up he’ll continue to improve.

James DeLory has moved up to forward and plans to do everything he can to [...]Read More

2009 Development Camp Roster

May 29, 2009 - By

The Florida Panthers released the list of players invited to their 2009 Development Camp which starts on Sunday May 31st and runs through June 7th.  The core of the players that will be there are essentially ones that will be playing for the Rochester Americans in the 2009/2010 season.

Noticeably absent is Tanner Glass and Chris Beckford-Tseu.

Edit June 2 – Tanner Glass is a restricted free agent and has not signed yet.

Here’s the complete list of players invited to the Florida Panthers 2009 Development camp:

Dan Collins, Keaton Ellerby, Shawn Matthias, Ryan Watson, Brady Calla, Colby Robak, Luke Beaverson, Andrew Sweetland, James DeLory, Jason Garrison, Matt Duffy, Jordan Henry, Adam Comrie, AJ Jenks, Evgeni Dadonov, Michael Caruso, Roman Derlyuk, Michael Frolik, Mike Duco, Peter Aston, Kenndal McArdle, John Lee, Eric Selleck

GOALTENDERS:
Marc Cheverie, Brian Foster, Tyler Plante, Jacob Markstrom, Alexander Salak

Complete Roster w/ Stats – click link to download a spreadsheet provided by the Florida Panthers with the complete roster and other stats associated with each player.

Michael Frolik To Play In NHL Youngstars’ Game

January 12, 2009 - By

From Panthers.NHL.com:

The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today Florida Panthers rookie C Michael Frolik has been selected to compete in the three-on-three NHL YoungStars Game on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Montreal, Canada, as part of NHL All-Star Weekend.

Frolik, 20, is tied for 10th in rookie scoring with 17 points. He’s tied for ninth in rookie goal scoring (8) and eighth in power play assists (4). Frolik has played 38 of the Panthers’ 41 games and is the team’s seventh-leading scorer.

A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Frolik was the Panthers’ first choice (10th overall) at the 2006 Entry Draft. Frolik spent the two previous seasons in Quebec playing for Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Frolik had 65 points (24 goals) in 45 games last season for Rimouski.

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Frolik Picks Up Two Points: Panthers Blank Rangers

November 30, 2008 - By

The Florida Panthers blanked the Eastern Conference 1st place Rangers today.

Craig Anderson made 37 saves, only further showing that he is the number one goaltender in Florida.  He also made 43 saves in Friday’s shootout loss, also against the Rangers.  He will be starting again on Tuesday when the Cats make a trip to Washington.

Stephen Weiss and Gregory Campbell scored 12 seconds apart in the second period.

Rookie Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist in the Panthers’ winning effort today.

This was the first time the Rangers were shut out all season.  Nice work Cats.

The Panthers are currently without forwards Richard Zednik, Cory Stillman and Nathan Horton. David Booth left the game in the second period with a shoulder injury and is questionable for Tuesday’s game.  Don’t expect Shawn Matthias back this week.

Shawn Matthias Recalled By Panthers

November 28, 2008 - By

Shawn Matthias has been recalled by the Florida Panthers.  Although Shawn hasn’t been playing exceptionally well with the Amerks, he also hasn’t had much talent on his wings to help him at all.  Shawn has played all 19 games with the Amerks this season but only has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist).

Shawn likes to give the opposing team the old razzle dazzle but, hasn’t really been able to finish his plays as of yet.  Hopefully this trip to Florida is just what he needs to get back on track.  He has so much talent, and I want to see him be able to play to his ability.

In his last game with the Amerks (Wednesday against the Toronto Marlies), Shawn played extreemly well.  As another Amerks’ fan who was in attendance pointed out, there were many plays he was a part of that could have ended much better with more talent beside him.

He made one defensive play that really stood out for me. He came all the way from behind the Marlies’ net to pick up a guy in the slot just as a pass was coming to that guy. It would have [...]Read More

Panthers Sign Michael Frolik

May 28, 2008 - By

From “On Frozen Pond” by George Richards – As I’m sure you all have heard, the Panthers inked center Michael Frolik to an entry-level deal on Wednesday afternoon, days before the mandated deadline to get him under contract.

Frolik, Florida’s first round pick (10th overall) in 2006, spent the past two years playing for Rimouski of the Quebec junior league — the same team Sidney Crosby played for before he jumped into the NHL with much aplomb.

I would have the think Michael is going to have a very good shot at making next year’s squad out of training camp, and that’s probably the reason this deal took so long in getting done. The Panthers don’t have very many roster spots open at the current time, so look for some buy-outs to be on the way. I think Florida would like to have Frolik and Shawn Matthias — among others — to have a real shot to make it out of training camp.

Says Jacques: “We are confident he will help our organization for a long time. Michael has had two strong seasons with Rimouski and he is ready to compete for and earn a spot on our roster.”

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