The Florida Panthers have added former OCN Blizzard star Justin Nachbaur to the organization’s depth chart. Signing the 21-year-old forward to an American Hockey League deal, the Panthers saw enough from Nachbaur to give him his professional start in the 2021-22 season.
After skating with the Panthers the past three weeks at both the team’s development camp and training camp, Nachbaur turned his tryout into a contract for the coming year. He signed a professional deal with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers and joined the team at camp. On Monday, it was announced that he would begin the 2021-22 season with the club’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Having just concluded his junior career with the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders last season, the Cross Lake product got his junior beginnings within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League back in the 2015-16 season. Scoring 11 goals, 31 points and 52 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games for OCN, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward made the jump to Prince Albert the following year.
He then played four seasons with the Raiders, putting up 45 goals and 44 assists for 89 points, to go alongside 228 penalty minutes in regular season action. He added another three goals, seven points and 25 penalty minutes in 28 postseason contests.
The Swamp Rabbits begin play in the ECHL’s preseason on Friday against Anyang Halla, before kicking off the regular season on Saturday the 23rd against the South Carolina Stingrays.