Hornqvist was brought in by the Panthers from the Penguins on Thursday in a swap for Mike Matheson and Colton Sceviour. The winger's biggest addition to Florida will be as a net-front pest on the power play, where he averaged 3:21 of ice time last season with Pittsburgh. If the team loses Mike Hoffman or Evgenii Dadonov in free agency, it could open up a spot in the top-six for Hornqvist.
Hornqvist scored a power-play goal on four shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3. Hornqvist's tally came on a delayed penalty call, and he was able to convert on an Evgeni Malkin feed. Through three games in the series, Hornqvist has a goal, a helper, six shots and a minus-2 rating. The Swedish winger has operated in a third-line role in the playoffs, but still sees net-front work on the top power-play unit.
Hornqvist (undisclosed) took the ice Monday following the lifting of the team's voluntary quarantine, Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports. Hornqvist won't take part in the team's intra-squad scrimmage Monday, which shouldn't come as a surprise considering he hasn't gotten on the ice yet. Still, it's good news for the Penguins, as the Swedish winger figures to slot into a third-line role for the club alongside Patrick Marleau and Jared McCann.
Hornqvist was absent for Tuesday's practice session, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Prior to the start of Monday's first practice, the Penguins announced nine players would not be taking part after a potential secondary exposure to an individual who had contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19, and it appears Hornqvist may be one of those nine players. The statement didn't clarify when the voluntary quarantine might lift, but it should be in time for Pittsburgh's first game versus Montreal on Aug. 1.
Hornqvist potted two goals -- one on the power play -- on four shots in Thursday's 4-2 win over Buffalo. Hornqvist was knocking on the door coming in with 32 shots in the previous seven games and only one goal to show for all that rubber on net, but his puck luck turned around in this one. He opened the scoring 7:56 into the contest at even strength, then capitalized on the Sabres' league-worst penalty kill in the middle frame. All told, Hornqvist's up to 17 goals and 32 points in 49 games played this season. He potted 18 goals in 69 games last season.
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