10 Jayce Hawryluk (RW)
Team: Springfield (AHL); Age: 22; Stats: 46 GP 8-20-28; Last Rank: 10 (Even); Projected NHL Arrival: 2018-19; Stats since last update: 13 GP 2-9-11
As I mentioned in an article earlier today, I think the Panthers should trade Jayce Hawryluk. Nevertheless, Hawryluk is still a member of the Panthers. He is the team’s 10th best prospect in my opinion. That spot hasn’t changed since last month. Jayce has had a great run since my last prospect update by putting up 2 goals and 9 assists in 13 games for Springfield. Jayce however strangely hasn’t had his shot in the NHL. With Maxim Mamin currently taking a turn, Mamin is doing okay. However Mamin’s stats don’t reflect that. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Jayce’s name pop up more in the next couple weeks either as a trade target or a call up. Mamin will likely be sent back down and the Panthers might decide to give Jayce a shot. However there is some good news with Jayce not being called up. Maybe the Panthers value him enough they would rather him get playing time in the AHL instead of sit on the bench in the NHL. We will soon see what happens. I think Jayce would be a good fit on the fourth line. However with the fourth line being the Panthers most consistent line, he will likely end up on the bottomless pit of third line where players go to die if called up.
#9 Anthony Greco
Team: Springfield (AHL); Age: 24; Stats: 49 GP; 18-14-32; Last Rank: 8 (-1); Projected NHL Arrival: 2019-20; Stats since last update: 14 GP 6-6-12
The undrafted Greco has been very solid for Springfield. The team’s leading goal man, Greco has helped the team’s struggling offense big time. Although he is undrafted, Greco has the potential to be the team’s next Jonathan Marchessault who had also gone undrafted. Although I doubt it will happen, Greco has established himself as one of the team’s most overlooked and underrated prospects
#8 Max Gildon (D)
Team: University of New Hampshire; Age: 18; Stats: 29 GP 8-14-22; Last Rank: Unranked (NEW); Projected NHL Arrival: 2020-21
January was a very hard decision. I wasn’t sure about which 2 to pick in a 3 way race for the list. It was between Gildon, Greco and Haapala. With Haapala hurt, Gildon makes his debut on this list. The Texas native was chosen 66th overall this year in the draft. The Panthers have a very weak defensive prospect pool. Gildon is the best out of all of the defensemen in the pool. Gildon has potential but he has a long way to go.
I’m gonna split this into 3 parts because this series is long and I have math homework. Part 2 will be prospects 4-7. I will try and have it released sometime around 10pm Eastern Time tonight.