Welcome to the 84th edition of the Panthers Prospect Update. Here, we’ll recap the past week of hockey (1/29 – 2/4) for Panthers prospects and players in college, juniors, international leagues, and the Springfield Thunderbirds, the team’s AHL affiliate.
This week: 1-0-0
- 2/2 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1-0 win
- Goals by: Ludwig Bystrom (3)
- 1/3 on the power play
- 25 saves on 25 shots by Evan Cowley
Kitchener Rangers (OHL), Left Wing
Season stats: 51 games, 34 goals, 36 assists, 70 points
- 2/2 vs. Hamilton: 2 assists
- 2/3 vs. Owen Sound: 1 goal
Sarnia Sting (OHL), Right Wing
Season stats: 50 games, 19 goals, 35 assists, 54 points
- 2/1 vs. Windsor: 0 points
- 2/2 vs. Flint: 1 goal, 1 assist
- 2/3 vs. London: 1 assist
University of Denver (NCAA), Center
Season stats: 27 games, 17 goals, 20 assists, 37 points
- 2/2 vs. Minnesota-Duluth: 1 goal
- 2/3 vs. Minnesota-Duluth: 0 points
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), Right Wing
Season stats: 33 games, 21 goals, 25 assists, 46 points
- 2/1 vs. Guelph: 1 goal, 1 assist
- 2/2 vs. North Bay: 0 points
- 2/3 vs. Hamilton: 0 points
Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL), Defenseman
Season stats: 46 games, 3 goals, 20 assists, 23 points
- 2/1 vs. Peterborough: 1 assist
- 2/2 vs. Kitchener: 0 points
- 2/3 vs. Mississauga: 1 goal
University of New Hampshire (NCAA), Defenseman
Season stats: 28 games, 8 goals, 14 assists, 22 points
- 2/2 vs. Northeastern: 1 goal
- 2/3 vs. Massachussetts: 2 assists
- Matt Buckles, a 4th-round pick in 2013 by the Panthers, announced his retirement from hockey via his Instagram page on Wednesday.
- Ben Finkelstein was named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week for 1/21 through 1/28. He recorded 7 points in 2 games during that time for the Waterloo Black Hawks.
- Ryan Bednard started both games this weekend for Bowling Green State University, allowing 2 goals on 29 shots in a win on Friday and 4 goals on 27 shots in a loss on Saturday.
- Aleksi Heponiemi missed this past week’s games for the Swift Current Broncos with an injury, but is expected to return to action this coming week.
- Tyler Inamoto recorded his 3rd assist of the season on Saturday for the University of Wisconsin. The freshman’s point shot rebounded at the side of the net for a teammate to tap in.