Howden was returned to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday. Howden had been up with the parent club due to injuries to Mathieu Perrault (lower body) and Drew Stafford (upper body), but the latter has been activated from injured reserve and presumably is ready to play in Wednesday's game against the Wild. Howden is a depth winger, as his playing time currently depends on the health of others.
Howden was called up from the minors Saturday. Howden was afforded a spot with the big club in the wake of news that Mathieu Perrault (lower body) is on injured reserved. The former brings size to the lineup at 6-foot-2 and 189 pounds, and he could prove to be an adequate stop-gap option for the Jets during shorthanded situations.
Howden signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets on Friday. Howden appeared in 58 games with the Panthers last season, tallying 11 points (six goals, five assists) while averaging just 10:22 of ice time in a limited role. The 24-year-old winger should get an opportunity to compete for an Opening Night roster spot with Winnipeg in training camp, but may begin the 2016-17 campaign in the minors with the Jets' AHL affiliate.
Howden (upper body) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Wild, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. It appears as though Howden will skate on the team's top line alongside Alexsander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr in his return, giving the club some added depth until Teddy Purcell and Jiri Hudler join the team. While he may receive a bump in ice time Sunday, it will likely only be temporary.
Howden (upper body) will miss at least another week general manager Dale Tallon told reporters Wednesday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports. This effectively rules Howden out for the next three contests on top of the three he's already missed. This news likely has little impact on your daily lineups, as the winger has tallied a paltry 11 points in 48 outings, however the Panthers will hope to get the 2010 first-round pick back as soon as possible.
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