Each month this season, we're taking a look around the hockey world to check in on how the Checkers' two NHL affiliates are doing, how the call-ups are contributing, how former Checkers are faring and more - all presented by Tom Sauer and Prudential!


23-7-5, 1st in the Atlantic

The Panthers continue to reign as one of the top teams in the NHL, tying for the most points in the league and holding the second-best points percentage. They have been nearly unbeatable on home ice, where they hold a staggering 18-3-0 record, and have been propelled by a stellar year from Jonathan Huberdeau, who ranks fourth in the NHL in points.

Familar Faces


10-19-4, 8th in the Pacific

Hit hard by Covid-related postponements, the Kraken have had a tough time building momentum through the month of December, posting a 2-6-2 record of their last 10 contests. Still, Seattle has time to make up ground, as it is tied for the fewest games played in the Pacific Division.

Familar Faces

  • Alexander True made his Kraken debut on Dec. 12 and has appeared in six games for Seattle

  • Former Checker Morgan Geekie is one of four skaters to appear in all 23 of Seattle's games this season


  • Alex Nedeljkovic ranks 10th in the NHL in saves and has started 21 of Detroit's 36 games this season

  • Oliwer Kaski ranks second among all KHL defensemen in scoring
  • Anton Forsberg tied the Ottawa franchise record for most saves in a win with 47 on Dec. 2 and recorded his first NHL shutout on Dec. 11
  • Patrick Brown has appeared in 20 games for the Flyers and has set a career high with four points in the NHL
  • Saku Maenalanen ranks second in SM-liiga in scoring