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Rookies make final Florida Panthers roster

The Panthers solidified their opening-night roster Monday with general manager Dale Tallon saying rookies Quinton Howden and Connor Brickley will be on the team.

“Brickley had a great camp, was basically our last cut,” Tallon said. “[Brickley] earned a job. It started in rookie camp, continued on. He’s been terrific every day. He didn’t just have one day.’’

Lawson Crouse, the 18-year-old Florida picked 11th overall in June, was returned to his Canadian junior team and won’t play for the Panthers this season.

“It’s never an easy decision, but we’re thinking long-term,” Tallon said. “I thought it would be more beneficial for him to play a lot of minutes and World Juniors instead of six minutes then sitting out. ... You always want to err on the side of caution with those guys.”

Florida also waived defenseman Dylan Olsen and winger Garrett Wilson with the intent to assign them to its AHL team.

Also still around and potentially sticking with the team is veteran free agent Martin Havlat. Tallon said he was talking to Havlat’s agent about a contract.

The Panthers have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to set their opening night roster. Florida opens the season Saturday against Philadelphia at BB&T Center.

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