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Sunday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Some Cats prospects getting seasoning in Europe

Finland v United States: Gold Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

While organized hockey remains on hold in North American, a few of the Florida Panthers European-based prospects are seeing action. Let’s take a look at our boys from the last three drafts who are currently toiling overseas.

2020 first round pick center Anton Lundell has appeared in six of HIFK’s eight Liiga games in Finland and produced three goals and one assist.

2020 second round pick forward Emil Heineman has played in eight games for Leksands IF and scored his first-ever goal in the Swedish Hockey League. Heineman had two assists in 12 top-level games last year. The 18-year-old forward has also played one scoreless game for Leksands J20 team.

2020 fifth-rounder defenseman Kasper Puutio has played two games for Karpat in Liiga and two games for Karpat’s U20 club. He doesn’t have any points yet, but has posted a +2 rating in his Liiga games.

2020 seventh-rounder center Elliot Ekmark has put up two goals and ten points in seven games for Linkoping’s J20 club. Ekman had 26 points in 31 games in Sweden’s J20 league last season.

2019 second-rounder defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok has appeared in 13 games with Dynamo Minsk and produced 1 goal and 2 assists to go along with a +2 rating.

2018 sixth round forward Justin Schutz has totaled 3 assists in five games for EC Salzberg in the Austrian Hockey League. Schutz is on loan as he awaits the start of the DEL season in Germany.

2018 seventh-rounder defenseman Santtu Kinnunen has appeared in six Liiga games for Tappara Tampere and registered 1 assist and a -2 rating.

Saturday’s NHL signings

Matt Grzelcyk signed a four-year, $14.75 million contract with the Boston Bruins.

Cody Ceci signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Forward Sam Miletic signed a one-year, two-way deal ($700K NHL salary) with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Goalie Joey Daccord signed a one-year, two-way deal ($750K NHL AAV) with the Ottawa Senators.