The Panthers announced this morning that they’ve recalled left winger Garrett Wilson from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Forward Logan Shaw was also sent back to the AHL after being called up to play in place of the injured Jaromir Jagr against the Bruins on Friday.
Garrett Wilson has recorded four assists in 7 games with the Pirates this season and this will be his third stint with the Panthers having played 3 games during the 2013-14 season and 2 more during last season. He has yet to record a point in his 5 NHL despite having a total of 9 shots on net. With Jaromir Jagr likely returning on the Panthers’ upcoming road trip in California and Rocco Grimaldi having been called up prior to their game on Saturday against the Capitals, it’s unclear where Wilson will fit in. He’s a tough, big-bodied forward with some offensive upside and good forechecking ability, and he primarily plays a bottom-6 role.
It’s possible that the Panthers will be using him in place of Shawn Thornton on the 4th line, however once Aleksander Barkov returns to action in a couple of weeks, someone will need to return to the AHL to make room for the healthy center. Perhaps the Panthers are using this span of time to get another look at Wilson now that he has a few full seasons of pro hockey under his belt. He’s also coming off a season during which he scored 23 goals, a mark that was good for 2nd on the San Antonio Rampage last season, and this year is his second serving as an assistant captain.
The Panthers have also sent right winger Logan Shaw back to the Pirates after playing in a game against the Bruins on Friday during which he recorded no points and1 shot in 10 minutes and 49 seconds of ice time. Gerard Gallant said after the Panthers’ game on Saturday that he had absolutely no issues with how Shaw played the night before and that while he started off slow against the Bruins, he got better as the game went on.
The Panthers face the Ducks on Wednesday at 10:30 PM in the first game of a three-game road trip on the west coast.