The Florida Panthers have placed forward Jayce Hawryluk on waivers, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The forward has been injured for most of the season, but has struggled to establish himself in Joel Quenneville’s lineup.
Hawryluk, 24, was a high second-round pick in 2014, but needed a few years in the AHL to develop his skills. It looked like he turned the corner last year when he posted 32 points in 31 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds, prompting a promotion to Florida where he became a regular, appearing in 47 games, scoring seven goals and 12 points.
This year, he appeared in eight games for Florida before suffering an upper-body injury in late October that kept him out of the lineup until mid-December. He was sent on a conditioning stint to Springfield where he played six games, but only chipping in one assist. However, with his conditioning stint time having run out, Florida was forced to recall him where he has failed to register a point in seven games. His playing time dropped to just 7:43 on Feb. 10 and he has been a scratch for the past three games, although Quenneville said that was due to illness.
The team is hoping they can slip Hawryluk through waivers so he can get more time in the minors with the hope he can find his game last year.