Panthers Prospect Update #16: 1/25 – 1/31

Welcome to the 16th edition of the Panthers Prospect Update! Here, we’ll recap the past week of hockey (1/25 – 1/31) for Panthers prospects and players in college, juniors, international leagues, and the Portland Pirates, the team’s AHL affiliate.

Portland Pirates

  • Record since 1/25: 2-1-0
  • Current record: 26-16-1
  • Won 4-1 against the St. John’s IceCaps on 1/27

    • MacKenzie Weegar scored his 4th goal of the season
    • Rocco Grimaldi scored his 7th goal of the season on a great pass by Shane Harper
    • John McFarland scored his 14th goal of the season
    • Mike McKenna made 26 saves on 27 shots
    • The Pirates went 1 for 8 on the power play

  •  Won 4-2 against the St. John’s IceCaps on 1/29

    • Cameron Gaunce scored his 2nd goal of the season
    • Rocco Grimaldi scored 2 goals giving him a total of 9 on the season and 3 in his last 2 games
    • Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 29 shots
    • The Pirates went 1 for 3 on the power play

  •  Lost 6-2 to the Springfield Falcons on 1/30

    • MacKenzie Weegar and Rob Flick each scored their 5th goal of the season
    • Sam Brittain made 8 saves on 11 shots and was pulled in favor of Mike McKenna who made 9 saves on 11 shots
    • The Pirates went 0/6 on the power play

  • Notes

    • Shane Harper and Connor Brickley missed game on 1/29 and 1/30 with injuries.
    • John McFarland missed 1/30 game with an injury.
    • It was announced on 1/26 that Cameron Gaunce would replace Derrick Pouliot on the Atlantic Division AHL All-Star team. Mike McKenna was also added to the team to replace goaltender Matt Murray.
  • Next 2 games for Portland

    • vs. Hartford Wolf Pack, 2/5 (home)
    • vs. Providence Bruins, 2/6 (home)

Jayce Hawryluk

Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), Right Wing

Season stats: 36 games, 23 goals, 23 assists, 46 points

  • Game on 1/28 against the Edmonton Oil Kings was broadcast on NHL Network. Played a very impressive game, was easily the best player on the ice for both teams. Scored a goal and had 1 assist, but with the chances he had, he could’ve easily had 4 or 5 points.
  • On 1/29, got a secondary assist on the game-winning goal with under a minute left in the 3rd period and had a hand in the game-tying goal which came a few minutes earlier.
  • On 1/30, fell awkwardly into the boards after getting his left left tangled up with Calgary Hitmen forward Jake DeBrusk and couldn’t skate off the ice on his own. He was able to return for the final 2 periods to finish the game.
  • Check out our prospect profile on Hawryluk by clicking here.


Samuel Montembeault

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL), Goaltender

Season stats: 31 games, 12-17-0 record, 2.54 GAA, .897 SV%

  • Allowed 2 goals on 31 shots in a 2-1 loss on 1/29 against Gatineau
  • Allowed 1 goal on 17 shots in a 3-1 win against Drummondville on 1/30

Miguel Fidler

Ohio State University (NCAA), Left Wing

Season stats: 13 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points

  • Scored his second career NCAA goal against Michigan State on 1/30


Karch Bachman

Chicago Steel (USHL), Left Wing

Season stats: 29 games, 12 goals, 5 assists, 17 points

  • Scored his first hat-trick in the USHL on 1/29 against the Madison Capitols


Ryan Bednard

Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), Goaltender

Season stats: 23 games, 12-4-4-1 record, 2.51 GAA, .914 SV%

  • Made 26 saves on 27 shots on 1/29 against Cedar Rapids for his 12th win of the season
  • Allowed 3 goals on 37 shots on 1/30 against Cedar Rapids for 4th overtime loss of the season

Lawson Crouse

Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), Left Wing

Season stats: 30 games, 12 goals, 21 assists, 33 points

  • Tallied 1 secondary assist on 1/29 and again on 1/31 against Owen Sound and Peterborough respectively

Ed Wittchow

University of Wisconsin (NCAA), Defenseman

Season stats: 22 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points

  • Suspended 3 games for an illegal check to Tommy Novak of the Minnesota Golden Gophers


Patrick Shea

Kimball Union Academy (USHS), Center

Season stats: 24 games, 19 goals, 29 assists, 48 points

  • Recorded 2 goals and 1 assist on 1/27 against Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Tallied 2 assists on 1/29 against Tilton School

Colin Stevens

Manchester Monarchs (ECHL), Goaltender

Season stats: 17 games, 10-5-1 record, 2.37 GAA, .917 SV%

  • Recorded a 25-save shutout on 1/27 against the Orlando Solar Bears
  • Made 30 saves on 33 shots on 1/29 against Orlando for his 10th win of the season
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