The Florida Panthers have recalled forward Garrett Wilson from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League to replace Jonathan Huberdeau who was injured in their last game and will not travel with the team.
— Florida Panthers PR (@FlaPanthersPR) March 17, 2014
Wilson was the fourth round pick, 104th overall in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Panthers. The 23-year old Elvale, Ontario native was a former 40-goal scorer in juniors, scoring 94-career goals in 191-games Ontario Hockey League games (Windsor Spitfire and Owen Sound Attack).
Since turning pro, Wilson has played in the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues – currently for San Antonio. While with San Antonio, Wilson has scored 30-points (16 G, 14 A) in 97-games and has 64-points in 101-career ECHL games.
So far this season, Wilson has 24-points (12 G, 12 A) in 60-games played to go along with three power play goals and 45 penalty minutes (three fighting majors).
Hockey’s Future describes his as a player with ‘a solid game with a balance of skill and grit. He is a rangy, two-way winger who has shown a willingness to drop the gloves when necessary.’
Wilson seems like a fit for the fourth line, but his former goal scoring prowess in the OHL might get him a few cracks on the top six as Huberdeau’s direct replacement.