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Florida Panthers Send Samoskevich to AHL, Recall Lockwood



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Florida Panthers defenseman Josh Mahura and center Gerry Mayhew celebrate with Mackie Samoskevich after he scored in a preseason game against Carolina on Sept. 29 in Sunrise. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Less than a week after making his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers, Mackie Samoskevich is headed to the minors.

On Tuesday, the Panthers sent the rookie forward to the Charlotte Checkers and replaced him on the roster with William Lockwood.

It was a swap of former Michigan Wolverines.

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Lockwood, 26, has 28 games in the NHL with Vancouver and signed a two-way contract with the Panthers this offseason after spending most of last season in the AHL.

In his first two games with the Checkers, Lockwood has two goals and three points.

Samoskevich was Florida’s first-round pick in 2021 and played in his first NHL game last Thursday in Minnesota following a strong showing in development camp, the rookie showcase as well as the preseason.

He played in Florida’s first two games but was a healthy scratch on Monday as fellow rookie Justin Sourdif made his NHL debut.

Samoskevich averaged over 14:40 in his two games — thus far — with the Panthers.

Lockwood also had a strong camp with the Panthers and scored a goal with three points in four preseason games before being sent to Charlotte.

Both players involved in Tuesday’s roster moves played at Michigan: Samoskevich from 2021-23; Lockwood played in Ann Arbor from 2016-20.

The Panthers had Tuesday off but return to practice on Wednesday with their home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.



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Guess Sourdif will be next. Maurice, like most coaches, never truly give young guys a chance, most times, when a kid is getting any significant ice time, it’s probably being pushed by the GM.


Really sucks man – Maurice rather play an aging vet who can’t skate or score than a young player with high upside who has more potential to impact the game. When the Panthers went to the Cup final in ’96, I think they had 3 or 4 rookies on that team: Ed Jovanovski, Radek Dvorak, and Rhett Warrener… I may be forgetting someone.

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