Jonathan Huberdeau may be getting a lot of headlines for the Florida Panthers (and rightly so) but he is not the only rookie having an impact for the team this season. Center Drew Shore continues to make a case to stay with the Panthers all season, as he has a goal and nine points in 17 games.
Huberdeau sits second on the team in scoring with eight goals and 13 points, while Shore’s totals have him sixth and ahead of veterans like Jack Skille, Shawn Matthias, Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss. The Panthers drafted Shore in the second round of the 2009 draft, after his second season with the U.S. National Under-18 Team. He went on to play at the University of Denver, scoring 23 goals as a sophomore and 22 as a junior. He turned pro last season and joined the AHL San Antonio Rampage for eight regular season games. He scored a goal and added two assists, then scored two more goals in nine playoff games. During the lockout, he had 10 goals and 30 points for the Rampage which was enough for him to be named an AHL All-Star. He had a goal and an assist in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic before being called back up to the Panthers. Shore has points in five of the Panthers’ last eight games as they try to gain ground in a tight Southeast Division race. One thing is for sure, though – if Shore’s play continues at this level it will be very hard for the Panthers to send him back down to the AHL.