The Panthers announced this morning that they’ve called up forward Corban Knight from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Derek MacKenzie was sent into the boards by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on Saturday in Boston and left the game with an apparent right leg injury, so Knight will fill in for him on Tuesday against the Islanders.
Corban Knight was originally drafted by the Panthers in the 5th round of the 2009 Draft. After not signing with the team, he was traded to the Flames for a 4th-round pick in the 2013 Draft which the Panthers would use to select defenseman Michael Downing. Knight would go on to make his NHL debut with the Flames on March 5th, 2014 against the Senators and he scored his first career NHL goal against the Ducks on March 12th, 2014.
On January 9, 2015, the Panthers sent Drew Shore to Calgary for Corban Knight, and he went on to record 8 goals and 16 assists for the San Antonio Rampage. Knight underwent back surgery and missed the first 20 games of this season in the AHL after a pre-season game injury, and he recorded a goal and an assist on his season debut with the Portland Pirates on December 9th. Knight is a solid two-way forward and is known for his ability to win face-offs as well as his offensive abilities.
The Panthers also announced that defenseman Steven Kampfer has been placed on the injured reserve.