Welcome to the 11th Panthers Prospect Update where we’ll recap how some of the players in the Panthers’ system have played over the past week, beginning 12/21 and ending 12/27.
- Current record: 16-11-1
- Record since 12/21: 2-0-0
- Won 4-2 against the Providence Bruins on 12/22
- MacKenzie Weegar’s goal gave him a 2-game goal streak and his 3rd scored on the season
- Brett Olsen scored 2 goals to give him a total of 5 on the season
- Garrett Wilson scored his 3rd goal of the season
- Mike McKenna made 17 saves on 19 shots and the Pirates went 0/2 on the power play
- Won 5-1 against the Springfield Falcons on 12/27
- Shane Harper scored a goal and added 2 assists for a 3-point night. He’s now on a 5-game point streak, has 10 points in 9 December games, and leads the team with 17 assists
- Kyle Rau scored his 13th goal of the season which gives him the team lead. He’s now 2nd in the AHL in goals scored by a rookie
- Jonathan Racine scored his first professional goal in his 3rd AHL season
- Mike McKenna was impressive stopping 35 of 36 shots
- The Pirates went 0/5 on the power play
- Next 4 games for Portland
- vs. Hartford Wolfpack, 12/29 (away)
- vs. Providence Bruins, 12/31 (home)
- vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 1/2 (home)
- vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 1/3 (home)
None of the Panthers’ college prospects have been in action over the past week as they’re all on a holiday break. Lawson Crouse, Juho Lammikko, and Denis Malgin have all been playing for their respective national teams at the World Junior Championships in Finland. Samuel Montembeault has served as the backup goaltender for Canada and has yet to play. It’s likely that Montembeault will head to the press box once Mackenzie Blackwood returns from a suspension.
Lawson Crouse played in Canada’s first game on the 3rd line with Mitchell Stephens and Travis Konecny. Juho Lammikko has played on Finland’s 4th line with Antti Kalapudas, Miska Siikonen, and Kasper Bjorkqvist. Denis Malgin has played on Switzerland’s 2nd line with Noah Rod and Damien Riat.
Jayce Hawryluk played in his first game for the Brandon Wheat Kings on 12/27 since being cut from Team Canada’s World Juniors team. He tallied an empty net goal and an assist against the Regina Pats and delivered this bone-crushing check: