Panthers: Spencer Knight joins Player Assistance Program

Panthers: Spencer Knight joins Player Assistance Program


Perceived as one of the most promising goaltenders on the Bettman circuit, young Spencer Knight will follow the National Hockey League (NHL) assistance program, we learned on Friday. 

The 21-year-old Connecticut native will receive care from professionals hired by the NHL for an indefinite period. These will determine when Knight is able to return to action.

The American's exact troubles remain publicly unknown. He was limited to 21 games with the Florida Panthers this season due to undisclosed injuries and played two games in the American League.

Chosen 13th overall total of the 2019 auction, Knight is one of only eight active goaltenders in the league to have been drafted in the first round. Despite his young age, he has already played 57 games with the Florida team, posting a 32-17-6 record, a .906 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average.

Knight isn't the first player to join the NHL's aid program this season. Forwards Michael McCarron and Jakub Vrana preceded him in 2022-2023.

Recall that in October 2021, Carey Price had also followed this program due to an alcohol consumption problem.< /p>