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Panthers Roster Down to 25 ... Grabner, Peters Waived, Markstrom to Rochester

The Panthers continued to pare down their roster on Sunday, assigning their rookie goalie to the minors while waiving three others.

Jacob Markstrom, the 20-year-old future of the team in net, was sent to Florida's AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., where he will team up with Tyler Plante for the Americans. Florida also waived forwards Michael Grabner and Andrew Peters along with defenseman Joe Callahan. If those three clear waivers at noon Monday, they will likely be assigned to Rochester as well.

Those bubble players who survived the first big round of cuts include Keaton Ellerby, Kenndal McArdle, Byron Bitz and 18-year-old Erik Gudbranson. Florida currently has 25 players on the roster and need to get to 23 by Wednesday afternoon.

Grabner being put on waivers was a bit of a surprise considering he was part of the Panthers big draft day deal with the Canucks. Florida sent defenseman Keith Ballard and winger Victor Oreskovich to Vancouver for Grabner, Steve Bernier and the 25th overall pick. Grabner was named one of seven players expected to have a breakout year by NHL.com during the offseason.

In four games this preseason, Grabner didn't record a point and was minus-4. Grabner had five goals and four assists in 20 regular season games with the Canucks last season.

-- The Panthers will have a full workout Monday at 9:30 a.m. at their training facility in Coral Springs. Admission is free.