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Defenseman Michael Downing earns PTO with AHL's Barracuda

Friday, February 28th
Defenseman Michael Downing earns PTO with AHL's Barracuda

ESTERO, Fla. — Florida Everblades defenseman Michael Downing has been loaned to the AHL's San Jose Barracuda, Everblades head coach Brad Ralph announced on Friday.  

This marks the third AHL call-up of the season for Downing, who has registered 10 points (3g, 7a) in 24 games with the Everblades this year. 

Downing, 24, is in his fourth season as a pro and has suited up in 96 career contests at the AHL level. The Canton, Michigan, native has tabbed three goals and 15 points in his AHL career, while he has notched 20 points (5g-15a) in 45 career ECHL games. 

Downing, who was under an NHL contract with the Florida Panthers for the first three years of his pro career, joined the Everblades in February of last season after being assigned from the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds. He recorded eight points (1g-7a) in 17 regular season games and then posted nine points (4g-5a) in 14 games in the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Prior to turning pro, Downing played three seasons at the University of Michigan from 2013-16. He saw action in 105 career NCAA games, scoring 11 goals and 54 points. Named to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 and the Big Ten All-Second Team in 2014-15, Downing was also a key piece of the puzzle that helped lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten Tournament championship in 2015-16.

Florida starts a stretch of three games in three days with a Friday night matchup against the Newfoundland Growlers. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Hertz Arena.  

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