After spending part of this season alternating between the taxi squad or a checking-line role, Owen Tippett finds himself in the limelight as the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Panthers on Saturday night.
Due to various injuries among the Florida forwards, Tippett has been given a bigger responsibility in playing up on the second line and the rookie forward is thriving in his new position.
Even though the Panthers are getting healthier as we head toward the playoffs, Tippett is continuing to get his chance.
In practice this week, Tippett was on the right side of Huberdeau with Sam Bennett in the middle.
Patric Hornqvist, who had been playing on the second line for much of the season, remains playing with Alex Wennberg but now it’s with Frank Vatrano.
Not only is Tippett getting to show off the big shot he is known for, but the Panthers’ 2017 first round pick is showing off some pretty sweet playmaking ability as well.