Panthers prospect Gudbranson suspended eight games by OHL Staff

1/28/2011 6:04:56 PM

Florida Panthers first round draft pick Erik Gudbranson has been suspended eight games by the OHL for his hit on an opposing player last weekend.

Gudbranson, who had five points for Canada's silver medal-winning World Junior team this year, charged J.P. LaBardo of the Oshawa Generals after LaBardo elbowed Frontenacs goalie Philipp Grubauer.

"The suspension is the result of a charge on J.P. Labardo," said OHL vice-president Ted Baker in a statement released by the league. "Eric left his feet, and the hit was in retribution for a hit that Labardo had just delivered to Kingston goalie Philipp Grubauer."

This is the second suspension for Gudbranson in as many weeks. His junior team, the Kingston Frontenacs, suspended the third-overall draft pick one game for internal issues last week.

Gudbranson has 18 points and 79 penalty minutes in 29 games this year for Kingston. He had made the Panthers roster out of training camp but was returned to the Frontenacs when the two sides couldn't come to terms on a contract.