The Florida Panthers had a brand new goaltender at follow Thursday, as latest waiver declare Jonas Johansson hit the ice. Spencer Knight, who would have usually occupied one of many nets, has been loaned to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.
While that type of task will flip some heads, there’s not a whole lot of certainty across the Panthers proper now, which means issues may change rapidly. The crew added 5 gamers and one employees member to the COVID protocol Wednesday, and there’s some chatter about whether or not Florida’s recreation Thursday towards the Los Angeles Kings might be performed. Team reporter Jameson Olive tweets that Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano had been “unable to skate” Thursday morning based on interim head coach Andrew Brunette, who known as it “chaotic” for the Panthers proper now.
For Knight, a stint within the minor leagues is actually not an indictment of his future with the crew. The 20-year-old netminder stepped immediately into the NHL final season after an impressive sophomore 12 months with Boston College, and confirmed that he was prepared for prime time instantly. That hasn’t been the case, as by 13 appearances this season he has posted a 6-4-2 document with a .892 save proportion. In his final recreation — towards the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night time — he allowed eight objectives on 38 pictures, remaining within the web for the entire recreation regardless of his poor efficiency.
Almost each prospect wants seasoning within the minor leagues, particularly goaltenders who typically don’t hit their true peak efficiency till their mid-20s. While there are clearly some outliers in a position to step immediately into the NHL and succeed, a while within the AHL for Knight shouldn’t bitter Panthers followers on his upside. The Thirteenth-overall choose from 2019 remains to be an impressive expertise and must be again with the crew sooner or later in time. For a membership attempting to contend for a Stanley Cup, that point simply can’t be now.