The Game of Numbers is an exclusive THW series looking at upcoming milestones around the NHL. Each team will be looked at individually in three parts – individual player milestones, franchise player milestones, and players that rank in the top 100 in NHL history in any big statistical category.
Finding themselves in Florida, the Panthers often fly under the radar. But with Roberto Luongo back in the Sunshine State, the hockey world is starting to take notice once again. While the club has had a hard time attracting fans and finding their way to the playoffs, they’ve slowly built a young franchise filled with early first-round picks.
Now, with Aaron Ekblad a part of their youthful defence core, the Panthers are looking to become an impact team again in the East. And while they may be young in age, Florida’s roster is full of veteran players who continue to push the seals on individual and franchise statistical marks.
Florida Panthers Individual Milestones
Every team has their older, veteran players leading the up-and-comers into battle night in and night out. In the case of the Florida Panthers, these players come in the form of guys like Luongo, Brian Campbell, and Willie Mitchell. While these veteran look to continue padding their own career stats, the young players are only starting out in seeking milestone after milestone.
- 900 games played: Brian Campbell (888)
- 600 games played: Shawn Thornton (584), Tomas Kopecky (559), Tomas Fleischmann (556)
- 500 games played: Sean Bergenheim (487)
- 400 games played: Dave Bolland (384), Dmitry Kulikov (358), Derek MacKenzie (357)
- 200 games played: Jonathan Huberdeau (164)
- 100 games played: Aleksander Barkov (93), Brandon Pirri (82), Steven Kampfer (62), Aaron Ekblad (50)
- 200 goals: Brad Boyes (199), Jussi Jokinen (153)
- 100 goals: Sean Bergenheim (95), Dave Bolland (80), Brian Campbell (76), Tomas Kopecky (68)
- 400 assists: Brian Campbell (368)
- 300 assists: Jussi Jokinen (288), Brad Boyes (269)
- 200 assists: Tomas Fleischmann (178)
- 100 assists: Dmitry Kulikov (89), Sean Bergenheim (84), Shane O’Brien (79), Jonathan Huberdeau (55), Shawn Thornton (51)
- 500 points: Brad Boyes (468)
- 300 points: Tomas Fleischmann (298)
- 200 points: Dave Bolland (192), Sean Bergenheim (179), Tomas Kopecky (173), Willie Mitchell (170)
- 100 points: Shane O’Brien (92), Shawn Thornton (90), Jonathan Huberdeau (87), Derek MacKenzie (78), Nick Bjugstad (71), Jimmy Hayes (53)
- 400 wins: Roberto Luongo (392)
- 100 shutouts: Roberto Luongo (68)
Florida Panthers Franchise Milestones
While the Panthers roster is filled with young players waiting to stamp their names in the franchise record books, there are some players who have been with the big club for some time. Whether they’ve been developed through the Panthers system or in their second stint with the club, there are some players on the team that are climbing their way through the ranks.
- Dmitry Kulikov (358) needs 5 games played to pass Ed Jovanovski (362) for 14th on the team’s all-time list.
- Al Montoya (15) needs 1 game played to pass Mikhail Shtalenkov (15) for 19th on the team’s all-time goalie list.
- Tomas Fleischmann (52) needs 2 goals to pass Jay Bouwmeester (53) for 18th on the team’s all-time list.
- Brian Campbell (110) needs 21 assists to pass Ray Whitney (130) for 10th on the team’s all-time list.
- Dmitry Kulikov (89) needs 10 assists to pass Bill Lindsay (98) for 14th on the team’s all-time list.
- Tomas Fleischmann (87) needs 3 assists to pass Dmitry Kulikov (89) for 15th on the team’s all-time list.
- Tomas Fleischmann (139) needs 4 points to pass Gordon Murphy (142) for 14th on the team’s all-time list.
- Brian Campbell (132) needs 1 point to pass Rostislav Olesz (132) for 16th on the team’s all-time list.
- Tomas Fleischmann (8) needs 1 game-winning goal to pass Mark Parrish, Johan Garpenlov, Kristian Huselius and Viktor Kozlov (8) for 17th on the team’s all-time list.
- Al Montoya (4) needs 1 win to pass Jani Hurme (4) for 17th on the team’s all-time list.
‘Top 100’ Milestones
After dealing with the up and downs of goalie controversies in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo returned to Florida where he once again sported the Panthers logo. A former fourth overall pick, Luongo’s in his 15th NHL season and has spent parts of seven of those in Florida. With Martin Brodeur officially retiring earlier this season, Luongo becomes the active leader in wins and shutouts.
- Luongo (844) needs 18 games played to pass Gump Worsley (861) for 10th on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Luongo (392) needs 10 wins to pass Chris Osgood (401) for 10th on the NHL’s all-time list.
- Luongo (68) needs 4 shutouts to pass Harry Lumley (71) for 12th on the NHL’s all-time list.
More from the ‘Game of Numbers’ series:
Eastern Conference: BOS | BUF | CAR | CLB | DET | FLA | MTL | NJD | NYI | NYR | OTT | PHI | PIT | TBL | TOR | WSH
Western Conference: ANA | ARZ | CAL | CHI | COL | DAL | EDM | LAK | MIN | NSH | SJS | STL | VAN | WPG
NOTE: The ‘Game of Numbers’ series is subject to updates as the 2014-15 season progresses. Individual marks will only appear if the player is within 50 of the specific statistical milestone, while franchise marks only recognize the top 20 in club history.
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Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.