With the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs underway, there are a few opportunities to catch former Rampage players in action. Most notably, there are 10 players who have once donned the Silver and Black dotting the roster of the Florida Panthers, who spent the 2011-15 seasons as San Antonio’s NHL affiliate.
Vincent Trocheck, who has been out of the lineup since he broke a bone in his foot blocking a shot on March 29, is likely to miss Game 4 Wednesday night at the Barclay’s Center, but is projected to return to the ice for Game 5, which will be back in Florida at the BB&T Center. Trocheck played in 78 games with San Antonio from 2013-15 and led the team in assists during the 2013-14 campaign. The Panthers trail the New York Islanders 2-1 in the first-round series.
Logan Shaw, who played 115 games with San Antonio from 2013-15, could become the 10th Panther to make his postseason debut on Wednesday night after being recalled from the Portland Pirates on Saturday.
Steven Kampfer was a full participant in practice for the first time this postseason, and while he’s cleared to play, likely won’t be skating in Wednesday’s game. Kampfer played the first half of the 2014-15 season in the Alamo City before being recalled by Florida and spending the rest of the season with the big club.
Panthers coach Gerard Gallant told the Florida Sun-Sentinel that he’s been happy with his defensive group, which includes former Rampage fan favorite Alex Petrovic. Petrovic has recorded two assists in Florida’s first three games of the postseason.
Forward Garrett Wilson has also played in each of the Panthers’ three games of the first round. Wilson, who ranks seventh all-time in games played for the Rampage with 179, skated in 29 contests with Florida during the 2015-16 regular season.
Rampage fans can also catch Keith Yandle, who has tallied a goal in the first three games of the postseason for the New York Rangers. The Rangers trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in their opening round series with Game 4 slated for Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Yandle played 99 games with the Rampage from 2006-08.
Jay Bouwmeester has helped the St. Louis Blues get out to a 3-1 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks with an assist and 16 penalty minutes through the first four games. Game 5 of the series will take place Thursday night in St. Louis.
Forward Daniel Winnik, who recorded 23 points in 78 career contests with the Silver and Black during the 2005-09 seasons, has skated in each of the Washington Capitals’ three postseason contests. The Caps currently hold a 3-0 lead on the Philadelphia Flyers with a chance to sweep the series Wednesday night in Philadelphia.