Brady Keeper (born June 5, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Springfield Thunderbirds in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect under contract with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Keeper was promoted to the active roster Tuesday, per CapFriendly. Keeper will be a depth option on defense during the postseason. The 24-year-old made his second career NHL appearance during the 2020-21 campaign.
Keeper was brought up from AHL Syracuse to the taxi squad Wednesday. Keeper continues to bounce between levels this season, but he's only appeared in one game -- April 8 -- with the Panthers. It's unclear if he'll play Thursday in Chicago.
Keeper was assigned to AHL Syracuse on Saturday. Keeper played just one game during his two-week stint with the big club, logging 9:28 in his NHL debut against the Hurricanes on April 8. The 24-year-old will play a more consistent role in the minors. He has recorded three points over nine AHL contests this year.
Keeper was reassigned to the taxi squad Saturday, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports. Keeper made his season debut in Thursday's loss to Carolina and was back to a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against Dallas. The 24-year-old blueliner will likely be an insurance body most of the time.
Keeper was recalled from AHL Syracuse to the taxi squad Wednesday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. With Aaron Ekblad (leg) done for the season and Noah Juulsen (undisclosed) on injured reserve, Keeper will add depth on the Panthers' blue line for the time being. The 24-year-old blueliner has recorded three points over nine AHL appearances this season.
The Panthers assigned Keeper to AHL Syracuse on Saturday. Keeper has yet to appear in a game with the Panthers this season, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. He'll head to the minors for now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Keeper back with the taxi squad sometime soon.