Panthers claim Seth Griffith on waivers


Seth Griffith might finally get a chance to show what he can do at the NHL level this season.

Griffith was claimed on waivers by the Florida Panthers on Saturday and should be able to slide right into their lineup due to the injury situation that has plagued the team’s forwards for the early part of the season.

The 23-year-old Griffith was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Friday, just one month after the team had claimed him from the Boston Bruins. It was all due to a roster crunch with a couple of players returning from injury. He only played in three games for Toronto before being waived and was only given 28 minutes of ice-time.

Listed at only 5-9, Griffith is one of the smaller players in the league, but he is a skilled forward that put up some impressive numbers in the American Hockey League over the past couple of years.

He has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 37 career NHL games with the Bruins and Maple Leafs.

Griffith and his new team will actually be paying Toronto a visit this upcoming week.

The Panthers entered the season with a massive amount of hype following their Atlantic Division title a year ago but have been off to a slow start, winning just six of their first 14 games. Injuries have no doubt played a significant role in that start. Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad have yet to play in a game this season, while Jussi Jokinen has been limited to just five after returning to the lineup this week. That is three of their top forwards (including two of their top-four scorers from a year ago) out of the lineup for most of the season.