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Jacob Markstrom Heads to Jersey on a Jet Plane: Goalie of Future to Backup Clemmensen

Mccaberex NEWARK, N.J. -- The Panthers goalie of the future has arrived earlier than most expected, although it's hard to get too excited over this.

Jacob Markstrom has been recalled from AHL Rochester to backup Scott Clemmensen for today's game at Newark Center against the Devils.

Tomas Vokoun, who could possibly have a groin injury, will not dress for this afternoon's contest.

Have to assume Markstrom is wearing the No. 33 he wore in training camp.

If he does, he joins such notables in Florida history as Eldon Reddick, David Morisset, Kristian Kudroc and Eric Cairns in wearing that number for the Panthers.

Been kind of a disappointing season for Markstrom down on the farm, but the Panthers aren't detered. Markstrom is still their guy, the No. 1 prospect in the organization. Markstrom, people sometimes forget, is 20-years-old playing a new style of hockey and living in a new country with new customs and ways of living.

Markstromhabs Florida's management warned us that Markstrom might take some time to adjust and even hinted they wouldn't have a problem with him serving a second season in the AHL -- be that in Rochester or wherever else the Panthers hang their hat.

Markstrom had one of his best games of the season on Friday, stopping 35 of 36 shots as the Amerks beat the rival Syracuse Crunch 2-1.

So far this year, Markstrom is 13-19-1 mark with a 3.14 GAA and a .902 save percentage -- improved numbers after his start.