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Panthers recall center Corban Knight from Portland

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After six-plus years, Knight finally ready to make Cats debut.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Derek MacKenzie Saturday afternoon in Boston, and already down Nick Bjugstad, the Florida Panthers have recalled center Corban Knight from the AHL Portland Pirates

This will be Knight's first stint with the Panthers, the team who selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. The 25-year-old pivot has appeared in nine NHL games back when he was a member of the Calgary Flames. He returned to the Florida organization via trade on January 9, 2015 with Drew Shore going to the Flames. Knight has scored one goal at the NHL level.

An injury in Pirates training camp cost Knight the first 20 games of the American League season, but he returned to suit up in 3 games for Portland, scoring one goal and one assist.

In 131 career games in the AHL, the native of High River, AB has scored a total of 82 points on 35 goals and 47 assists.

Look for Knight to be in the Cats' lineup when Florida faces the New York Islanders Tuesday for the first time at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.