The Florida Panthers announced Monday that they’ve returned 2017 first round NHL Draft selection Owen Tippett to the Mississauga Steelheads.
The 18-year-old Peterborough, Ont. native skated in seven NHL contests with the Panthers this season, recording one goal and 17 shots on goal. He made his NHL debut on October 17th in Philadelphia and scored his first career NHL goal on October 26th against the Anaheim Ducks.
“Owen was impressive in his time with our club and has a bright future with the Panthers,” said Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon. “This was a tough decision, but we think it’s best for his long-term development.”
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Tippett played an integral part in leading the defending Eastern Conference champion Steelheads to the Rogers OHL Championship Series last spring, recording 10 goals, nine assists and 19 points in 20 playoff games. He scored 44 goals during the regular season, the most in all-time franchise history since 2006.
Tippett returns to a Steelheads team on the upswing following a 1-8-0-0 start to the season. They are 6-1-0-1 over their last eight games and are in the midst of a seven game home stand with a pair of upcoming weekend matchups against Saginaw and Hamilton.