When Panthers' second-year forward Drew Shore was struggling and was sent back to the Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio after just three games he admitted he had trouble dealing with it emotionally.
Following morning skate in Nationwide Arena on Saturday when he was told he was again being demoted to the Rampage, a more confident Shore knew this time he was a victim of numbers and the upcoming 20-day Olympic break.
And that he would be back.
"I'm a young guy just trying to find my way in this league so it'll be good,'' said Shore, who turned 23 on Thursday. "My confidence is high so I'll work as hard as I can down there and keep it going.''
Because top-line rookie Aleksander Barkov returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the previous four games with a minor knee injury, the Panthers were one over the 23-man roster limit, so someone had to go down. Shore, still on an entry-level contract, didn't have to clear waivers.