Panik found the back of the net Tuesday, helping the Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Avalanche. Panik has scored twice in the past five games but it's worth noting that his playing time has been quite sporadic from one game to the next. The Slovak fell below the 10-minute mark in a pair of games that surrounded 12:15 on the ice against the Panthers on Jan. 22. The unpredictable level of playing time continued Tuesday as he was on the rink for 13:35, the most he's played in nine games this campaign. It's tough for a guy like Panik to establish an offensive rhythm when dealing with such inconsistent playing time so it's best to wait for that to happen before deploying him outside of deep fantasy leagues.
Panik rifled one past the netminder Tuesday against Nashville. Panik has two scores and a helper in five games since being acquired by the Blackhawks. The immediate impact by the 24-year-old shows why Chicago was willing to take a chance on the winger, despite him failing to impress in Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Panik notched an assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating in 10:12 of ice time Thursday against Montreal. Panik's first point of the year came in just his second NHL game of the season, as he was playing for Toronto's AHL affiliate until the Blackhawks picked him up earlier this month. After he washed out with the Bolts and Leafs, Chicago's now the third organization to take a shot on the Slovakian winger's offensive upside, but it seems unlikely that he's got a big role in his near future.
Panik was traded to the Blackhawks from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Jeremy Molin on Sunday night. Panik has scored 25 points in 33 games this season with the AHL's Toronto Marlies. He has tallied 39 points across 151 regular-season games in three seasons with the Toronto and Tampa Bay.
Richard Panik cleared waivers and will be headed to the AHL Marlies on Wednesday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
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