Aleksi Heponiemi is headed to the NHL, as the Panthers have recalled the forward from Charlotte.

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The 23-year-old has posted four points (2g, 2a) in six points for the Checkers this season and is tied for second on the team with a +3 rating thus far.

Heponiemi, who was a second-round pick by Florida in 2017, has appeared in 15 NHL games over his career with the Panthers - including six games last season. The Panthers are currently in the middle of a West Coast road trip, finishing off with matchups in Los Angeles on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday.