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Florida Panthers 2018-19 Season Preview

Florida Panthers 2018-19 Season Preview

October 3rd, 2018 Despite a late season push, the 2017-18 Florida Panthers missed the playoffs by one point. Considering they started with a 17-18-5 record through 40 games, a remarkable second half was needed to be in contention at season's end. They did just that by earning points in 30 of 42 games, including a...
Barkov Gives Panthers Lineup Options

Barkov Gives Panthers Lineup Options

October 1st, 2018 Throughout the preseason, the Florida Panthers continued to roll out the same top two offensive line combinations, leading to strong assumptions that these two lines will be the same to start the season. Newly-appointed captain Aleksander Barkov has been centering the first line with Nick Bjugstad...

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September 20th, 2018
Panthers History

Success in the draft is a vital part of team's on-ice success in the NHL. Hitting on early draft picks means establishing a core that can lead to long-term contention while finding late round gems brings unexpected production and is what makes championship teams. The teams with the most success in recent seasons highlights the need to win on the draft floor. The Washington Capitals had first rounders Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, among others, plus Chandler Stephenson, Christian Djoos, and Braden Holtby, all drafted in the third round or later. The Pittsburgh Penguins had Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Olli Maatta from the first round and Kris Letang and Matt Murray as later round selections. Finally, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Brent Seabrook were taken by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and Niklas Hjalmarsson was found in the fourth round. The point is that while there are different ways to build a winner, the best path is through...
September 19th, 2018
Panthers History

It is the Florida Panthers' 25th anniversary season this year, throughout which there will be plenty of attention given to past franchise stars like Olli Jokinen and Ed Jovanovski. Before the season, however, is a good time to look back on all of the Panthers' 26 entry drafts. They have hosted the event twice in their history, first in 2001 and then in 2015. We'll see how they fared in each of those as well as the other 24 as we rank each year from 26 to 1. These rankings are subjective, but in determining which drafts were stronger than others, I considered a couple of different things. First, picks are evaluated based on the player's career in hockey, not just with the Panthers. The goal of the draft is to find the best player-- a bad trade does not disqualify a good selection. Additionally, some weight is given to later round picks that were able to have good NHL careers. It is more difficult to find and develop value in the fifth round than say, the first. A straightforward,...
September 16th, 2018
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On Sept. 14, the Florida Panthers announced that forward Jamie McGinn underwent back surgery and will be out of the lineup indefinitely. McGinn brought veteran experience to a team whose offseason acquisitions were designed to add depth. With this plan now taking a step backwards, what does this injury mean for the Panthers and who could be his possible replacement? McGinn's Role In Florida The 2017-18 season was McGinn's first with the Panthers. After signing a three-year, $10 million dollar contract, the Panthers acquired him from the Arizona Coyotes to add support to the young forward group.  At 30 years old, the Ontario native brought over 600 games of NHL action and leadership with him to the locker room. At six-foot-one, 205 pounds, McGinn's large frame added net front presence to the Cats lineup and in turn, he tallied one of his best seasons in recent memory. With 13 goals and 16 assists, the new Panther forward upped his point total by 12 from his previous season and...
September 8th, 2018
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As the Ottawa Senators crumbled into smithereens this offseason, the Florida Panthers took advantage and gathered one of their spare parts, Mike Hoffman. With him, the Panthers land themselves another weapon to add to their already-promising lineup, but what should we expect of him? Personally, I believe he is in store for a career-best season and I predict he will hit the 30-goal mark due to strong power play numbers and new opportunities in Florida. Power Play Excellence The Panthers finished the 2017-18 season near the bottom of the league in power play success at 18.9 percent, 21st in the league. The lack of scoring on the man advantage was a clear weakness for the playoff bubble team and they hope that the acquisition of Hoffman is the extra juice the special teams unit needs to push them into the playoffs. He was a major player on the Senators' power play unit in recent seasons. Often playing opposite of Erik Karlsson on the point, Hoffman's role was to use his...