Panik was traded from the Red Wings to the Islanders on Friday in exchange for Nick Leddy. Panik has been moved around the last few seasons, and he'll now join his fifth team in the last five years to begin the 2021-22 campaign. He averaged 12:22 of ice time per game across 48 appearances with the Capitals and Red Wings last year, recording four goals and nine assists.
Panik garnered an assist Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Stars. Panik has a goal and an assist through six games following his trade to the Wings at the deadline. The journeyman, whom the Capitals gave up in the deal that also sent Jakub Vrana to Motown, finds himself in a third-line role, averaging 13:40 of ice time. Indeed, Panik is going to be utilized more frequently now that he's in Detroit, but the tradeoff is that he's on an inferior offense.
Panik scored a goal on two shots and added six hits in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Stars. Panik wasn't as impressive as his fellow former Capital Jakub Vrana, who scored four times, but Panik made his own contribution. The 30-year-old struck at 19:49 of the first period and ultimately forced the Stars to replace Anton Khudobin with Jake Oettinger for the final two periods. Panik has just 10 points, 48 shots on net, 62 hits and a minus-10 rating in 41 outings between the Red Wings and the Capitals this year.
Panik (not injury related) will make his Red Wings debut Thursday against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports. Panik is slated to skate on Detroit's third line Thursday versus Chicago. He picked up nine points through 36 games with Washington before being dealt to the Red Wings on Monday.
The Red Wings acquired Panik, Jakub Vrana, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick from the Capitals for Anthony Mantha on Monday. Panik is signed through the 2022-23 season and should add some stability to the Red Wings' bottom six during the team's rebuild. The 30-year-old has picked up three goals and six assists through 36 games with the Capitals this season. Panik's first opportunity to play with his new team is likely Thursday versus the Blackhawks.
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