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Florida Panthers Prospects: Sourdif shines with five-point week



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Florida Panthers prospect Justin Sourdif meets the media at the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect showcase in Wesley Chapel prior to the start of training camp. // Photo courtesy @JamesonCoop

All season, Justin Sourdif has been soaring up the list of Florida Panthers prospects.

He added to his spectacular season thus far with five assists in three games, leading the WHL’s Vancouver Giants to wins in all three of them.

Florida’s 2020 third-round draft pick stood out in Vancouver’s 6-5 win over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday, notching three assists.

Sourdif has found chemistry with Boston Bruins 2021 first-round pick Fabian Lysell, and it showed this week.

Lysell scored three of the five goals that Sourdif had assists on.

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Both Giants teammates rank in the top 30 in the WHL in points, with the Boston prospect sitting at 29th with nine goals and 26 points and the Florida prospect up at 14th with eight goals and 29 points.

For his efforts this season, Sourdif was named to Canada’s World Juniors Selection Camp roster and is widely considered a favorite to make the final cut.

Due to league COVID-19 protocols, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins postponed their Saturday matchup against the Charlotte Checkers, leaving the Panthers’ AHL affiliate with just two games this week.

Despite that, Cole Schwindt managed to have a monster week, notching four points (one goal, three assists,) helping Charlotte finish the week undefeated.

Schwindt (13) overtook Logan Hutsko (12) for the most points out of any Florida prospect on the team, with a team-leading eight goals in the process.

Only Seattle prospect Alex True (17) has more points than Schwindt.

Henry Bowlby also had a big week, adding two goals to bring his season total up to three.

The biggest story out of Charlotte this week was Olli Juolevi in his conditioning stint.

He had his first game action since Nov. 13 this weekend and he looked like he finally recovered from the ailment he was dealing with since the beginning of the season.

On Friday, he had a primary assist and helped the Checkers earn a win against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, also playing a strong game in Bridgeport on Sunday.

He looked healthy enough to be called back up to Florida’s roster and be activated off of Injured Reserve.

The Checkers are set to face the Syracuse Crunch in a back-to-back at Bojangles Coliseum this weekend. Friday’s puck drop will be at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s game will start at 6 p.m.

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Games PlayedGoals Assists Points
C Justin Sourdif
(WHL, Vancouver Giants)
D Mike Benning
(NCAA, University of Denver)
C Aleksi Saarela
(NL, SCL Tigers)
C Mackie Samoskevich
(NCAA, University of Michigan)
D Carter Berger
(NCAA, University of Connecticut)
D Tyler Inamoto
(NCAA, University of Wisconsin)
C Owen Lindmark
(NCAA University of Wisconsin)
D Braden Hache
(OHL, Kingston Frontenacs)
D Cole Krygier
(NCAA, Michigan State University)
D Kasper Puutio
(Liiga, KalPa)
D Santtu Kinnunen
(Liiga, Tappara)
C Aleksi Heponiemi
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
LW Grigori Denisenko
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
D Max Gildon
(AHL Charlotte Checkers)
RW Serron Noel
(AHL Charlotte Checkers)
C Logan Hutsko
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
D Matt Kiersted
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
RW Cole Schwindt
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
C Henry Bowlby
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
C Ty Smilanic
(NCAA, Quinipiac)
D Evan Nause
(QMJHL, Quebec Remparts)
D John Ludvig
(AHL, Charlotte Checkers)
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