Dryden Hunt assigned to AHL team

The Nelson native will play for the Springfield Thunderbirds, who are the Florida Panthers' farm team.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt will start the season in the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt will start the season in the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Dryden Hunt has been assigned to the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds.

The Nelson native, who was signed by the Florida Panthers to an entry-level deal in February, attended the NHL’s team’s pre-season camp before being sent to the Panthers’ farm team.

Hunt was named the WHL’s player of the year after a spectacular campaign with the Moose Jaw Warriors. The 20-year-old was the top goal-scorer in Canadian major junior hockey with 58 goals. He also finished second overall in WHL points with 116.