Now that we’re affiliated with the Florida Panthers, we’re going to spend the next several weeks introducing you to some of their prospects that could end up on the Checkers’ roster at some point. Now up: Mason Marchment.
Mason Marchment is a 25-year-old winger who is set to begin his fifth full professional season. Undrafted, he worked his way up through the ranks, spending most of his rookie campaign in the ECHL before becoming an AHL regular with the Toronto Marlies, winning a Calder Cup in 2018 and playing his first four NHL games last season. The Florida Panthers acquired him via trade in February of last season and he signed a new two-way contract with the organization in November.
WHAT KIND OF PLAYER IS HE?
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Marchment brings size and toughness to go along with an effective scoring record. He is a noticeable presence on the ice, as Checkers fans may remember during the team’s 2019 Eastern Conference Final series against the Marlies, when he posted three points and 20 penalty minutes in six games.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON?
After missing the first two months of the season due to an injury suffered in training camp, Marchment returned to the Marlies lineup in December and went on to make his NHL debut just one month later. Though his stint with the Maple Leafs lasted just four games, he responded very well to that experience, scoring 14 points in his next 13 games for the Marlies. That run included two hat tricks, one of which took place in Charlotte. He played his last six games of the season for the Panthers’ previous AHL affiliate in Springfield after Florida acquired him in exchange for Denis Malgin on Feb. 19. He finished the season with a career-high 13 goals despite playing just 30 games.
WHAT DOES COACH GEORDIE KINNEAR SAY?
“He’s very hard to play against. He’s great in front of the net, has an elite shot and likes to play physical. I know he wants to push for an NHL job. He’s a guy that’s earned everything he’s gotten and will continue to do so. We’re excited to have him in our organization.”
WHAT’S A FUN FACT ABOUT HIM?
His father, Bryan Marchment, totaled 926 NHL games with nine different teams over the course of 17 seasons. During that time, he amassed 2,307 penalty minutes, putting him at No. 31 on the NHL’s all-time list.