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Friday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Cats’ prospects Schwindt and Levi invited to Canada camp

Mississauga Steelheads v Oshawa Generals Photo by Chris Tanouye/Getty Images

Hockey Canada has announced its 47-player, 28-day selection camp for the 2021 World Junior Championship, which will be held in Red Deer, Alberta from November 16 to December 13.

Florida Panthers prospects Cole Schwindt and Devon Levi have been invited to take part.

Schwindt is a 19-year-old center who put up 28 goals and 71 points in 57 games with the OHL’s Missisauga Steelheads last season. Florida selected him in the third round (81st overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Levi was the Panthers final selection (7R - 212th overall) in the 2020 draft. The 18-year-old goaltender put together an impressive 2019-20 season with the Carlton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League (Jr. A), posting a stingy 1.47 GAA, .947 save percentage, eight shutouts, while going 34-2-1.

Team Canada will play six games against a U SPORTS all-star team. The camp will be closed to the public and media.

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NHL Signings

The Tampa Bay Lightning brought back two cogs from its 2020 Stanley Cup team by re-signing Patrick Maroon and Luke Schenn. Maroon received a two-year deal worth $1.8 million, while Schenn inked a one-year contact worth $800K. (Raw Charge)

Victor Olofsson avoided arbitration with the Buffalo Sabres by signing a two-year contract worth $6.1 million. Olofsson, 25, put up 42 points (20G/22A) in 54 games with the Sabres in 2019-20 after spending most of the prior season in the AHL. (Die By The Blade)

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms on a new two-year deal worth $1.45 million with defenseman Sami Niku. Niku appeared 17 NHL games with the Jets last season, producing five assists. (TSN)

Colton White signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils. The 23-year-old defenseman spent most of last season with AHL Binghamton, but did play six games with the NHL Devils. (NJMG)

The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed Ryan MacInnis to a one-year, two-way deal. MacInnis appeared in his first 10 NHL games with the Blue Jackets last season and collected his first career point (an assist). (WCMH)


Only six of the 26 players who filed arbitration, including Cats defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, are without new contracts. Here’s what the remaining schedule of hearings looks like:

November 4: Warren Foegele (Carolina Hurricanes)

November 5: Ryan Strome (New York Rangers)

November 6: Brendan Lemieux (New York Rangers), Ryan Pulock (New York Islanders)

November 7: Christian Jaros (Ottawa Senators)

November 8: MacKenzie Weegar (Panthers)