The Florida Panthers have activated defenseman Steven Kampfer from injured reserve, the team announced Monday evening.
The 27-year-old has played 13 games with the club this season, contributing a pair of assists, four penalty minutes and 18 blocked shots.
Overall, the Michigan-native is a veteran of 99 NHL games. He came to Panthers in a trade at the start of the 2014-15 season that saw the Cats bring in Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan, sending forward Joey Crabb to the New York Rangers.
Yogan never played any NHL games and is currently playing for the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL after grabbing a few games on loan with the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Crabb spent all of last season in the AHL and is currently playing in the SHL.
Kampfer hasn’t been a cornerstone of their blue line, but getting more healthy options available can only help Florida continue their strong play. They’re pacing the Atlantic Division, where they currently enjoy a five-point lead over the second place Detroit Red Wings.
The Panthers will look to extend their franchise-best 13-game winning streak — the longest winning streak of any NHL team this season — when they face the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, playing game four of a six-game road trip.
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