Panthers prospect Adam ‘Mr. Big Shot’ Mascherin hopes to make a dent on scoreboard

For the first time in franchise history the Florida Panthers boasted five players with 20 or more goals last season.

Yet, one would be hard-pressed to find a player on the team with a shot that strikes fear in opposing goalies.

Until now.

While 18-year-old left wing Adam Mascherin will most likely return for at least two more seasons in juniors with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, Panthers prospects — and especially goalie Samuel Montembeault — got an up-close look at the NHL-ready wrist shot of 2016 second-round pick during development camp last week.

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

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,…

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,…

(Harvey Fialkov)

The only goal allowed by Montembeault during his stellar stint in net had the standing-room-only crowd in the IceDen gasping. Panthers goalie prospect Evan Cawley, who will be a senior at the University of Denver this season, faced Mascherin’s rapid-fire shots all week.

“Mascherin has a ridiculous shot,” Cawley said. “He shoots at my glove every time. I know almost every shot is going there and it still finds it[‘s] way through. It’s a little snap-shot that he gets off quick and then it comes at you quick.”

Mascherin has worked on his quick release and shots since he was 10 years old when he fired 500 heavy pucks a day into a net in front of his parent’s garage. His twin brother, Aedan, was a goalie, but wouldn’t go between the pipes during those daily garage drills.

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)

By the time Mascherin was 14, his friends wouldn’t don the goalie gear in their street-hockey games. That year he scored 107 goals on two different Minor Midget AAA teams.

“Until [my parents] came home that’s all I had to do, so I did it every day,” said Mascherin, the second overall pick of the 2014 OHL draft. “My twin brother had to hear the pounding [inside]. He wouldn’t go in net for me.

“If I missed the net it would hit the back of the wall and my mom would come out and tell me to stop missing the net.

“The garage had holes in the back that was almost in the living room. My dad finally built a plywood [net] in the backyard last summer. He probably should’ve done that a couple of years ago.”      

After the Panthers were eliminated by the New York Islanders in six tight games in the first round of the playoffs, including the final two games being double-overtime losses in which Florida totaled just two goals, Panthers general manager Tom Rowe said the team needed better shooters.

Not long after announcing Mascherin as the 38th pick of the NHL draft last month, he described him as, “the best pure goal scorer in the OHL, if not all of Canada.”

Mascherin needs very little time and space to get his howitzers off. There’s a reason for nicknames like Mash and Mr. Big Shot.

“It’s an element of my game that I don’t think a lot of guys have,” Mascheirn said of his rapid release. “That’s what makes me special as a player. I obviously try to work on that, but I’m trying to round out the rest of my game as well. I want to be more effective, not just shooting the puck, but also passing and turning.”

Several scouts believe that Mascherin was only ranked 42nd by the NHL Central Scouting service because he’s 5-foot-10, but others describe him as a 205-pound tank on the ice who’s difficult to move from the front of the net.

“He has that killer instinct you look for in pure scorers,” said Kirk Luedeke of ScoutingPost.com. “He finds ways to get up under guys who are trying to separate him from the puck and will fight through traffic to get shots on net. Has the vision and creativity to set up plays from the wing and makes crisp passes on either side of the stick. Although not tall, uses stocky build to power through checks and low center of gravity means he’s tougher to knock off the puck than he looks.”

There may not be any fresh dents on the end boards in the IceDen, but in a few years Mascherin hopes to wear out a few red light bulbs in the BBT Center.

Racine re-signed

The Panthers re-signed defenseman Jonathan Racine to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.

Racine, 23, a third-round draft pick in 2011, had nine points in 69 games for Florida’s AHL affiliate last season. Racine played one NHL game for the Panthers in the 2013-14 season. He will battle for a spot on the Panthers’ revamped blue line at training camp.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-florida-panthers-0722-20160721-story.html

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