Verhaeghe scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. The 25-year-old is enjoying life on Aleksander Barkov's line to begin the season, piling up three goals and five points in only three games. Verhaeghe does have an impressive offensive resume in the AHL, so it's possible his burgeoning breakout is legit, but the sample size is still very small.
Verhaeghe scored two goals, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over Chicago. After notching a helper in his Florida debut Sunday, Verhaeghe lit the lamp in the first and second periods Tuesday to hand the Panthers a 3-1 lead that they almost squandered. The 25-year-old has posted some big numbers in the AHL, but after scoring nine goals in 52 games for the Bolts in his NHL debut last season, expectations should be kept modest for now despite his quick start to the current campaign.
Verhaeghe record an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. Verhaeghe joined the Panthers after the Lightning's salary cap crunch didn't leave enough funds to resign him. Verhaeghe has made the most of the opportunity, earning a top-line role alongside Aleksander Barkov out of camp. Verhaeghe's assist Sunday went to Eetu Luostarinen. While the 25-year-old Verhaeghe skated 17:16 in Sunday's contest, he's more suited for a middle-six role and probably won't pile up points all that regularly.
Verhaeghe has been skating on the first line in training camp, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports. After signing with the Panthers in October, Verhaeghe has impressed enough in camp to get a shot with Aleksander Barkov and Anthony Duclair on the first line. Verhaeghe made his NHL debut last season with the Lightning, scoring nine goals and 13 points in 52 games, but the Bolts chose not to qualify the 25-year-old. Although he's shown scoring promise in the minors -- putting up 34 goals and 82 points in 2018-19 with AHL Syracuse -- he shouldn't be expected to make a huge offensive leap even if he sticks on the first line.
Verhaeghe signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Panthers on Friday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. After toiling in the minors for four seasons, Verhaeghe was afforded an opportunity with the Lightning last season and made the most of it, scoring nine goals and adding two helpers over 52 games. He also posted two assists over eight postseason contests. The 25-year-old center didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Lightning, so he will look to earn a more consistent role with the Panthers.
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