SUNRISE, FL – Seven Springfield Thunderbirds players are heading to the sunshine state to take part in the Florida Panthers Development camp. The camp starts Tuesday and will conclude on Friday. The seven players will include forwards Matt Buckles, Jayce Hawrlyuk, Dryden Hunt, Juho Lammikko, Denis Malgin, along with defenseman Mike Downing and Thomas Schemitsch.
Buckles played in the final nine games with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 campaign, scoring three goals and registering four assists.
The 21-year old Hawrlyuk out of Roblin, Manitoba finished his first professional season with the Thunderbirds. He played in 47 games, registering nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points.
Fellow forward Dryden Hunt played in all but six games for the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 season, scoring 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. He also spent two games with the Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL, picking up two goals.
Juho Lammikko played 47 games with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 year registering six goals and five assists.
Denis Malgin played in 47 Florida Panthers’ games during the 2016-17 campaign, picking up ten points (4G, 6A). In addition, he skated in 15 Thunderbirds games during the season, registering three goals and nine assists for 12 points.
Defenseman Mike Downing just put the finishing touches on his first full year of professional hockey. The former University of Michigan defensemen logged 72 games with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 campaign, scoring two goals and collecting 11 assists.
Finally, Thomas Schemitsch out of Thornhill, Ontario played in 37 games with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 campaign, scoring a goal and registering three assists. He also appeared 17 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL, collecting nine points.
Among the top prospects set to attend the camp include first-round draft choices Owen Tippett (2017) and Henrik Borgstrom (2016). In addition, prospects including Jayce Hawryluk, Samuel Montembeault and Florida’s 2017 draft picks Aleksi Heponiemi, Max Gildon, Tyler Inamoto and Sebastian Repo are set to participate.
The seven Thunderbirds players that are heading to Florida Panthers development camp will receive National Hockey League coaching, plus learn about on and off-ice workouts.