Jayce Hawryluk hopes to bring agitating, hitting and scoring to Panthers

Unless your name is Brad Marchand, it’s not often that an undersized forward leads his team in goals and penalty minutes. But that’s exactly what Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk did last year for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in Canada.

So it’s no secret that Hawryluk, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound center, has repeatedly said that the pesky 5-9 Boston Bruins left wing is his favorite player. For the past two seasons, Marchand led the Bruins in goals and penalty minutes.

Hawryluk, the Panthers’ second-round pick (32nd overall) in 2014, filled up the score sheet this past year for the WHL champion Wheat Kings with 47 goals, 106 points and 101 penalty minutes to go with a plus-59 ice rating.

Hawryluk, 20, only participated in one practice session on a limited basis during the Panthers’ development camp last week due to a sprained ankle. But he intends on strutting his feisty, all-around skills at training camp in September in an effort to land one of the open spots on the third and fourth lines.

Panthers extend radio coverage with WQAM-560

Panthers extend radio coverage with WQAM-560

The Florida Panthers have reached a multi-year contract extension with CBS Radio’s 560 WQAM, which will continue to broadcast all regular season and playoff games, the team announced Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Play-by-play announcer Doug Plagens and analyst Bill Lindsay will…

The Florida Panthers have reached a multi-year contract extension with CBS Radio’s 560 WQAM, which will continue to broadcast all regular season and playoff games, the team announced Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Play-by-play announcer Doug Plagens and analyst Bill Lindsay will…

(Staff report)

Hawryluk will have to get in line behind other right-handed shooting forwards such as recently acquired veterans Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault, as well as hungry first-year pros Logan Shaw and Corban Knight.

No matter the outcome, Hawryluk, who had an impressive training camp last season, is looking forward to playing his first professional season for the Springfield (Mass.) Thunderbirds, the Panthers’ relocated AHL affiliate. The Panthers signed him to a three-year, entry-level deal in March.

“As soon as the season ended I had a little bit of a weird feeling knowing I won’t be going back to junior, but a little excited to become a pro and an adult of sorts as I’ll be moving away from home basically for the first time,” said Hawryluk, whose hometown of Roblin, Manitoba, is only a few hours drive away from Brandon. “I’m super-excited for the journey to see what happens.”

Riley Stillman, son of former Panthers LW Cory, hopes to carve his own path

Riley Stillman, son of former Panthers LW Cory, hopes to carve his own path

It all seemed so familiar, as if Riley Stillman was going back in time.

Stillman, the first son of a former Florida Panther to be drafted by the organization, faced the media last week during development camp. He stood in the same IceDen dressing room where he once ran around as a 10 year old nipping…

It all seemed so familiar, as if Riley Stillman was going back in time.

Stillman, the first son of a former Florida Panther to be drafted by the organization, faced the media last week during development camp. He stood in the same IceDen dressing room where he once ran around as a 10 year old nipping…

(Harvey Fialkov)

The baby-faced Hawryluk said he formed his edgy, in-your-face competitive nature from being the youngest of four athletic brothers. He’s earned a few suspensions for some of his on-ice tactics and he readily admits that chirping and getting under an opponent’s skin is as part of his skill-set as his ability to score 101 goals over three seasons.

“I don’t think anyone likes playing against me. My teammates say that all the time,” smiled Hawryluk. “Some guys think I’m a skilled guy but I don’t think I play like a skilled guy. I like to bang guys, create havoc and energy. That’s my game and always will be my game.

“The guys I’m playing against aren’t my friends on the ice and I’m going to show them [that].”

It’s a trait sorely needed by the Panthers, especially with the departure of rugged defenseman Erik Gudbranson and with enforcer Shawn Thornton expected to be playing his final season. Hawryluk has been compared to Panthers blossoming center Vincent Trocheck, an offensive force who plays with a chip on his shoulder.

Just ask former Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Point, a third-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014 about Hawryluk’s game.

“I don’t care how big anyone is. It’s never been a problem for me growing up smaller than everyone. Brayden’s a hard guy to get off his game. He tried to jump me so I asked, ‘Are we going?’ I beat him up,’ Hawryluk said with a glint in his eye.

“Some might look [at my size] as a negative. I just work harder than them and try as hard as I can on every shift.”

Hawryluk has not shied away from playoff pressure either as he notched seven goals and 30 points in 21 games to help Brandon win the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

“I like to think I thrive under pressure and big moments,” he said. “My whole career I’ve done well in those situations. I’m a guy who shows up in the big game and I hope to keep doing that as I get older and do it for the Panthers some day.”

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