The Panthers have signed restricted free agent Erik Gudbranson to a two-year contract.
Gudbranson, 22, had just nine points (3G / 6A) and a minus-7 rating in 65 games with the Panthers last season. While those numbers don't jump off the board at you, he led the Panthers in PIMs (114), hits (158) and was fifth in blocked shots (91). He put up decent offensive numbers in juniors, but has yet to show he can score consistently in the NHL.
Gudbranson has missed the last nine games, but should be back in tonight. Great timing for the Panthers as they just found out Tom Gilbert is done for the season. Although the games don't mean much anymore, Gudbranson says he’s bound and determined to finish up strong heading into the offseason. He has two goals and five assists in 56 games this season.
Gudbranson injured in knee in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins. Mike Mottau has been recalled and is expected to be in the lineup tonight vs. Phoenix. Expect Gudbranson to miss close to nine games with the knee injury.
Gudbranson served as a healthy scratch for three consecutive games, but will slide back onto the Panthers' blueline tonight. Gudbranson has two goals, five assists and a minus-7 rating in 46 games this season.
Gudbranson (face) will return to the Panthers lineup tonight.
Gudbranson missed the last five games after undergoing surgery to repair a broken orbital bone. He will be paired with Ed Jovanovski tonight in Montreal. He has seven points (2G /5A) and a minus-7 rating in 37 games.
Gudbranson (face) will travel with the Panthers on their upcoming three-game road-trip.
Gudbranson has missed the last five games after undergoing surgery on a broken orbital bone. The Panthers could use Gudbranson on the road-trip because Dylan Olsen and Alex Petrovic will not be available. If he can't go tomorrow, Mike Mottau would enter the lineup for the first time since December 3.
Erik Gudbranson has yet to translate his offensive production from junior into the NHL. He has missed 26 games in his first two NHL seasons scoring just two goals and 10 assists in 104 games.
For what it is worth, through three preseason games the 2010 third overall pick has three goals and three assists. He is currently tied with PK Subban and Dennis Wideman for the most points by a defenseman. Gudbranson could finally be ready for a breakout season.
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Gudbranson has four assists in 22 games this season. Monitor his status prior to puck-drop. If your lineup locks at the first game, I would sit Gudbranson as he likely won't play with Kulikov returning to the lineup.
Gudbranson hasn't played yet this season since off season shoulder surgery, an injury he suffered while wake boarding. He was suspended and sent to the AHL where he recently played two games, he has yet to practice with the Panthers but could very well be in the lineup tonight.