Florida Panthers goaltending prospect Jacob Markstrom was named the AHL’s player of the week on Monday, honoring his strong week with the San Antonio Rampage.
Markstrom started four games, winning all four (two vs. the Abbostsford Heat and two vs. the Oklahoma City Barons), and posting a 1.75 GAA for the suddenly hot Rampage, who hope to continue moving up in the South Division. The Player of the Week award is sponsored by CCM and was given to Tim Kennedy of the Worcester Sharks the previous week. This was the third time a goaltender has won the weekly award this season, as NHL veterans Dan Ellis and Curtis McElhinney have also been honored. For the season, Markstrom has an 8-6-1 record with a 2.67 GAA.
The Panthers selected Markstrom with the 31st pick in the 2008 draft, and the Swedish netminder has seen eight games of NHL action in two seasons. He first played in the AHL in 2010-11 for the Rochester Americans, winning 16 games and posting one shutout. This is his second season with the Rampage, where he shares the crease with Dov Grumet-Morris. The team has now won six of their last seven games and recently added NHL veterans Jon Sim and Mike Mottau to their roster.
Florida has both Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen under contract for the 2011-13 season, Theodore is a free agent at the end of the season and Clemmensen is signed through 2013-14. Markstrom is in the final year of his entry-level deal, but if he continues to play well during the lockout, he could easily battle for a spot in Florida when and if Theodore departs. In seven games last season, he was 2-4-1 with a 2.66 GAA.