Panthers waive former first-rounder Olsen

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An interesting name on the waiver wire today — Dylan Olsen, the Florida defenseman taken 28th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Olsen, 24, was acquired by Florida from Chicago in last year’s Kris Versteeg trade, and started brightly with the Panthers by scoring nine points in his first 17 games.

He’s had a tougher go of things this year, though, and has been a healthy scratch on a few occasions; the arrivals of Willie Mitchell and Aaron Ekblad pushed Olsen into a bottom-pairing role and he played just 11:42 in his last game, a 5-4 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.

In a move that’s connected to putting Olsen on waivers, the Panthers called up d-man Alex Petrovic from AHL San Antonio on Wednesday.

Olsen is in the first of a two-year, $1.55 million deal that carries a $775,000 annual cap hit. He’ll be a RFA when it expires in 2016.