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Florida Panthers: sending Samoskevich to the AHL is the right call

Only three games into the season after making the opening day roster, the Florida Panthers have reassigned Mackie Samoskevich to the AHL Charlotte Checkers.

Will Lockwood, 25, will replace Samoskevich on the Panthers’ NHL roster. In 28 previous NHL games — all with the Vancouver Canucks — Lockwood has one assist. In the Checkers’ opening week of their season, Lockwood recorded 2 goals and 1 assist in two games.

We have recalled William Lockwood from @checkershockey and have loaned Mackie Samoskevich to Charlotte.

— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) October 17, 2023

Florida Panthers need Samoskevich to round out his game

Sending Samoskevich to the Checkers after being held off the scoresheet in the team’s first two games may seem harsh but dig further and we see that the Florida Panthers need him to become a more complete player.