Back in the 2010 NHL Draft, the Florida Panthers spent their first-round pick on Quinton Howden. The former WHL star has now been called up to the team and has a chance to star for the offensive struggling Panthers team.
Howden was called up from the San Antonio Rampage, where he had 19 points in 41 games for the AHL team. Howden ranked fifth in points and fourth in goals on the team. The Panthers prospect now joins the NHL team that is 1-4 and ranks 28th in the league in goals scored.
Howden was pointless in his debut against the Philadelphia Flyers, which saw the Panthers on the wrong side of a 7-1 loss. Howden played mostly fourth line minutes that will make it hard for him to score, but also showcase his strong two way playing style. Howden recorded only one shot and was -3 on the night.
Howden’s offense will come and should provide a nice spark for the Panthers. I’m hoping he at least gets a look at top six minutes. In the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Howden led his team in points or goals for three straight years. Howden averaged over a point per game each of his last three seasons in the WHL.
With injuries to Stephen Weiss and Kris Versteeg, there is room on the top two lines and powerplay units for the Panthers to see if Howden is ready for the NHL.