The Panthers announced today that forward John McFarland has been called up from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. To make room for the forward on the roster, Corban Knight was returned to the Pirates after playing in 20 NHL games.
Today’s recall to the NHL is the first of John McFarland’s career since being drafted by the Panthers with the 3rd pick of the 2nd round at the 2010 Draft. McFarland has a career-high 14 goals to go along with 8 assists in 43 games with the Portland Pirates this season. He’s battled some injuries but is having by far his best season of his pro career. He plays a fast, physical, offensive game on the Pirates’ top line and will shoot the puck from almost anywhere.
Several of his goals this season have come by driving wide to the net and making a move on the goaltender:
It’s likely that McFarland will dress for his first NHL game against the St. Louis Blues tonight in Sunrise. Corban Knight tallied 2 goals and 5 assists in the 20 games he played in and was scratched a handful of times over the past couple of weeks.