Updated on 1/23/16:
The Panthers announced this afternoon that Dylan Olsen has been sent back to the Portland Pirates. Olsen was on the active roster for Friday’s game against the Blackhawks, but was scratched and did not play. Olsen is forced to return to the Pirates since the Panthers now have 6 healthy defensemen which, according to league rules, means the team is no longer eligible to have him up as an emergency recall.
According to the roster on the Panthers’ website, defenseman Dylan Olsen has been recalled from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. The recall is likely due in part to an undisclosed injury suffered by Willie Mitchell who missed two straight team practices following the loss to the Oilers on Monday.
This call-up will be the 3rd of the season for Dylan Olsen who has been anchoring the top defensive pairing for the Panthers’ AHL affiliate Portland Pirates with Brent Regner. Olsen was last called up by the Panthers on December 11th and was returned to the Pirates on December 21st after playing in 5 games. Olsen was also called up on November 27th and played in just 3 games during the week-long stint.
In addition to recalling Olsen, the Panthers placed captain Willie Mitchell on the injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Cats on the Prowl learned from a source on Wednesday that Mitchell was banged up and that the Panthers could potentially call someone up from the Pirates to allow him to rest. Reports came out today that Mitchell will miss at least the next two games, and with the Panthers playing a back-to-back set this weekend, they likely wanted to have an extra defenseman just in case.
The Panthers have 6 healthy defensemen in Aaron Ekblad (who has been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion), Dmitry Kulikov, Steven Kampfer, Brian Campbell, Erik Gudbranson, and Alex Petrovic. Gudbranson is likely to play Friday despite crashing into the boards hard on Monday and missing practice on Wednesday.