Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson will miss at least the next two weeks with a leg injury he endured in Sunday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
Gudbranson left the game after two shifts in the third period after colliding with a Bruins’ player in the neurtral zone.
The 22-year old defenseman has seven points in 56-games and leads the team in hits with 129. Florida recalled fellow defenseman Mike Mottau to replace Gudbranson.
What’s shocking is that the Panthers aren’t giving either Colby Robak or Alex Petrovic an opportunity to play. With the season winding down and the Panthers having no real opportunity to make the playoffs now is the time some teams take to test their youngsters to see where they are at in their progression.
Robak, 23, was the team’s second round pick in the 2008-NHL draft and saw his first big dose of the NHL last year playing in 16-games for the Panthers – recording an assist. In 52-games this year for the San Antonio Rampage, Robak has 20-points (7 G, 13 A).
Petrovic, 22, was also a second round pick but in the 2010-NHL Draft and has 13-points in his 42-AHL games this season.
Instead the call was to Mottau, who has spent most of the season as a healthy scratch or on injured reserve. When it comes to young defenseman, you almost can say that there is no such thing as too much time in the AHL, so in the mean time they will continue their AHL apprenticeship.
Winchester out as well
The Panthers also recalled Bobby Butler today, as it was also released that Jesse Winchester would miss time as well with an injury.
Bouncing in and out of the lineup as a fourth liner, Winchester has managed to scored nine goals in the 42-game he has played in – which puts him on a very good 17-goal/82-game pace.