Drew Shore has been demoted by the Florida Panthers on a few different occasions this season. He only saw two games at the NHL level to open the year before taking a demotion to the AHL. He was recalled in late December though, and seemed to thrive under the new coaching regime.
While he was disappointed by the first demotion, this time around he knows it’s a simple numbers game. When Aleksander Barkov returned to the lineup over the weekend, it put the Panthers one player over the limit of 23. Shore is on a two-way deal, so he was an obvious choice to head back to San Antonio.
He spoke to Harvey Fialkov of The Florida Sun Sentinel prior to going back to Texas and had this to say about his most recent demotion:
I’m a young guy just trying to find my way in this league so it’ll be good. My confidence is high so I’ll work as hard as I can down there and keep it going.
That confidence isn’t misplaced for the 23-year-old forward.
While Shore struggled mightily in the early parts of the 2013-14 season, he’s improved lately. All five of his points on the year came in his last nine games—including a two-goal effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 20—and Shore is beginning to show how versatile he can be.
He’s been working on his game as a wing in the AHL despite being a natural center, and he fit in marvelously on Florida’s top penalty killing unit recently. The Panthers are a young team on the rise, and Shore appears to be another piece of the puzzle that is settling into his role quite well.
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