Drew Shore has been recalled by the Florida Panthers due to an injury to Scottie Upshall. The Panthers have been among the hottest teams in the NHL over the last few weeks of action, and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 contests. Just as they started to get rolling though, the injury bug took a big bite out of their lineup.
Defenseman Erik Gudbranson will reportedly miss three-to-four weeks following orbital bone surgery, and Upshall will be out for an extended period of time with a lower-body injury, according to Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun Sentinel.
Shore is a proven NHL player as a center, but has been gaining experience on the wing with the San Antonio Rampage because of Florida’s depth of youthful, talented centers. Through 28 games in the minors, Shore has 15 assists and zero goals.
The Panthers will try to continue their recent winning ways despite injuries when they take on the Detroit Red Wings this weekend. Florida plays their next four contests at home, but will hit the road for a three-game trip on January 6.
Alex Petrovic was also recalled from the Rampage, and it’s expected that he will slot in for Gudbranson for the foreseeable future.