The Panthers announced this afternoon that they’ve called up forward Greg McKegg from the Portland Pirates of the AHL. With Brandon Pirri and Quinton Howden both expected to be out of the lineup for an extended period of time as a result of injuries sustained during Saturday night’s game, another call-up was necessitated.
Greg McKegg was acquired from Toronto back in mid-June in exchange for Zach Hyman who told the Panthers that he didn’t want to sign with them. He later agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the team during the offseason.
In his first season in the Panthers organization, McKegg has put up 9 goals and 12 assists in 41 games with a +3 rating as the Pirates’ 3rd-line center. He is a hard-working 2-way player with some offensive ability, and while he has produced at the AHL level, it’s not expected that he’ll tear up the NHL. He has a hat-trick this season which he recorded back in October against the Albany Devils.
McKegg has played in a total of 4 NHL games in his career all of which were with the Toronto Maple Leafs between last season and the 13-14 season. He has yet to tally his first NHL point.
The Panthers also placed Aleksander Barkov on the injured reserve list and that is likely retroactive to last Monday when he was injured by Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings.