During the Olympic break, I wondered whether or not Florida Panthers’ prospect Vincent Trocheck could spark the teams lagging offense. Trocheck led the Ontario Hockey League in points his last year in juniors and is among the top rookie point producers this season in the American Hockey League playing for the San Antonio Rampage.
Well, we will now get our chance to see as Trocheck was recalled today and will make his NHL debut tonight as Drew Shore and Scott Clemmensson was reassigned to San Antonio today to make room for the rookie.
Trocheck, 20, has scored 41-points in 54-games this season with the Rampage. The Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair – where Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone hails as well) native was the team’s third round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. That draft has produced Jonathan Huberdeau, who won the Calder Trophy for top rookie last season as well as college standout Roco Grimaldi.
Jonathan Racine, also playing with Trocheck in San Antonio was also drafted in 2011.
Trocheck will wear number-67 and skate on a line with Tomas Fleischmann and Scottie Upshall – Upshall of course is the team’s leading point producer, which could makes the transition easier on him.
The Panthers take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight, which will also feature the debut of Roberto Luongo back in a Florida jersey.
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