The Florida Panthers announced Friday morning that F Drew Shore and D Alex Petrovic have been recalled from the San Antonio Rampage, and will participate in this afternoon’s practice at the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs.
Petrovic, who was recalled for Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, was sent back to San Antonio following a tough 6-1 loss to the Bolts. However, after a gritty showing in which he led all Panthers’ skaters with eight total hits, the rugged blue-liner will get another shot to impress the coaching staff as the Panthers attempt to replace defenseman Erik Gudbranson who was recently placed on IR after undergoing successful orbital bone surgery this past week.
Just as he did against Tampa Bay, Petrovic is expected to slide right back into Gudbranson’s defensive position alongside Dylan Olsen as the Cats welcome the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Shore, who played in two games with the Panthers earlier this season, will likely start on Saturday night in place of injured forward, Scottie Upshall. Although Shore hasn’t been able to notch a goal this season with the Rampage, he has compiled 15 points in just 28 games while serving as a constant bright spot both offensively and defensively for the Panthers’ minor league affiliate.
Though they may only currently be filling in for injured teammates, both Petrovic and Shore will look to make a lasting impression on General Manager Dale Tallon and the Panthers organization as they hope to be the next crop of Cats’ prospects to succeed at the NHL level.
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