Chase Priskie has a dream of becoming the first born-and-raised South Florida product to suit up with the Florida Panthers and it will continue as he got a new contract from the team on Thursday.
Priskie got a one-year deal with the Panthers and the expectation is he will be at training camp and competing for the final spot as Florida will likely carry seven defensemen into the regular season.
This will be Priskie’s third pro season.
After signing with the Carolina Hurricanes out of Quinnipiac University, he spent most of the 2019-20 season with the Charlotte Checkers before coming to his hometown Panthers as part of the four-player return in the Vincent Trocheck trade.
Priskie spent the 2020 summer camp with the Panthers and was part of the taxi squad last season but he has yet to appear in an NHL game. That could come this season.
The 25-year-old played in 15 games with AHL Syracuse, scoring three goals with seven points.
Priskie grew up in Pembroke Pines and played for Peter Worrell at North Broward Prep before moving north to further his hockey career at a prep school in Connecticut.
A Panthers fan since before he could remember, Priskie’s mom and dad had season tickets at Miami Arena and taking their bundle of joy to his first game on April 14, 1996 when he was not even a month old.
If you want to read the story I did on Priskie and his family back when I was with the Athletic, check it out RIGHT HERE.
I also did something on Priskie when he returned to help out the next generation of South Florida hockey talent — along with his pal Pete Worrell — at a “Learn to Play” on-ice session before last year’s training camp.
FLORIDA PANTHERS LINKS
This may be the dead period of the NHL summer, but you all came strong with your questions as I opened up a post-free agency Mailbag.
Lots of questions about the future of the Panthers, including their TV rights and how they can possibly afford to keep Jonathan Huberdeau in a few years. I have some thoughts. (FHN)
— Want to be part of the Panthers’ Roar Corps this season? They are having tryouts at the IceDen on Aug. 14. Check it out. (Panthers)
— We weren’t the only ones who had a full mailbag — so did the crew at Territory Talk. (Panthers)
AROUND THE NHL
Now 40, could Parkland’s Craig Anderson be the starting goalie of an NHL team this season?
If that team is the Buffalo Sabres, well, yeah.
Good for Andy. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)
— Rob Simpson of the brand-new Vancouver Hockey Now talks to Canucks coach Travis Green about all the moves the team made this offseason. And other stuff. (VHN)
— Unless a trade comes down the road, the Penguins’ offseason is on hold right now. Join the club.(PHN)
— Adin Hill looks like the new starting goalie for the Sharks — and now he’s got a new deal. (SJHN)
— Adrian Dater is giving Colorado fans the chance to write their own columns. Anyone out there have interest in doing that on the Panthers? Hit me up.(CHN)
— Detroit got themselves a nice little player in Pius Suter, who looks like he’ll start as their No. 2 center. (DHN)
— Should the Islanders give Oliver Wahlstrom a chance with Mathew Barzal on the top line? (NYIHN)