The Panthers announced today that they’ve called up Dylan Olsen from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Alex Petrovic was reportedly not at the team practice today due to a minor ankle injury that he originally sustained while blocking a shot against the Washington Capitals.
Dylan Olsen will join the Panthers after recording a goal and an assist in 9 games with the Pirates. Olsen remained with the Panthers through training camp and for the start of the NHL season as a way to work on his conditioning after leaving the organization near the end of last season to tend to personal issues. He recorded 2 goals and 6 assists in 44 games with the Panthers last season, but left until near the end of the season after a rough stretch of games defensively. Olsen was reassigned to the Pirates on October 29th when the Panthers originally called up Logan Shaw. The hope has been that Olsen can be an everyday 2nd or 3rd pairing defenseman in the NHL for the Panthers and he showed glimpses of that during his time with the team.
Dmitry Kulikov participated in practice today while wearing a non-contact jersey, and Gerard Gallant said that while he will be traveling with the team on their 5-game road-trip, he won’t be playing on Sunday against the Red Wings.