An undrafted defender who is an effortless skater who sees the ice well. May have untapped offensive upside.
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June 2022 — The smooth-skating Kiersted excelled offensively over his final two years of college hockey
after being passed over in the draft. He turned pro in 2021-22 with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate and has seen a
handful of NHL games over the past couple years. His first NHL goal was a slick backhand from the slot in traffic;
look for him to use his speed to jump up into the play even more as he acclimates to the highest level. Entering
the final year of his entry-level contract, Kiersted will be looking to stick with the Panthers full time in a bottom-
pair role. For fantasy purposes, he is likely only a depth piece outside of deeper leagues moving forward. Ben