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Panthers recall defenseman Shane O’Brien

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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 23: Shane O’Brien #5 of the Colorado Avalanche takes a drink as he warms up prior to facing the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center on November 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The Florida Panthers recalled defenseman Shane O’Brien on Thursday the club announced.

The 31-year-old has five goals and 13 points in 19 games this season with the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage.

O’Brien has been recalled because of concerns surrounding the health of rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

The 18-year-old missed practice Thursday due to soreness.

O’Brien has yet to appear in an NHL game with the Panthers season. Florida invited O’Brien to camp on a tryout and signed him to a one-year, $650,000 contract on Oct. 6.

He last appeared in an NHL game with the Calgary Flames in January.

Florida continues its’ three-game road trip Friday night in Detroit.

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