McKegg signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Panthers on Wednesday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports. This is a depth signing for the Panthers, as the man with arguably the best name in hockey only appeared in just 15 games with the parent club last season, scoring twice for his only points. McKegg will either assume a bottom-six role in 2016-17, or start the season in the minors.
McKegg cleared waivers Wednesday and will be reassigned to AHL Portland. McKegg's very limited production this season made it highly unlikely he would get picked up by anybody off the waiver wire. The move will allow the 23-year-old to get a taste of playoff hockey, albeit Calder Cup, in order to further his development.
McKegg has been placed on waivers by Florida on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. McKegg added some additional depth for the Panthers during their first-round series, but with their exit from the playoffs, Florida is likely hoping the center clears waivers and can be assigned to AHL Portland who are still in the hunt for the Calder Cup. Given his two goals in 18 career NHL contests, there is little indication a team will claim the 23-year-old but stranger things have happened heading into the offseason.
McKegg scored his first career NHL goal and added two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Toronto. McKegg has appeared in just 13 games this year, seeing under eight minutes of ice time during that span. However, the 23-year-old reached 11:49 in Tuesday's matchup, easily a season high for the bottom-six role player. It was the center's first points in the league, but it most likely won't be a regular occurrence down the stretch.
McKegg was recalled from AHL Portland on Tuesday. McKegg has spent the majority of the season in the AHL, potting 10 goals and dishing out 13 assists in 47 games at the level. He's played in just six contests with the parent club, but he figures to slot in as the team's fourth line center -- a role that could add some value for the Panthers but likely won't add much fantasy upside.
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