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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
TB 62-16-4 128
BOS 49-24-9 107
TOR 46-28-8 100
MON 44-30-8 96
FLA 36-32-14 86
BUF 33-39-10 76
DET 32-40-10 74
OTT 29-47-6 64

Top Panthers News

  • Panthers' Cole Schwindt: Latest surprising pick for Cats

    Schwindt was drafted 81st overall by the Panthers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

    Florida has had a really strange draft and this was another baffling selection. Schwindt possesses good size (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) and his effort level is strong, but he has never displayed a whole lot of offensive ability during his OHL career and his ceiling would seem to be that of a bottom-six energy player. There were countless better players on the board.

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  • Panthers' John Ludvig: Surprise selection in Round 3

    Ludvig was drafted 69th overall by the Panthers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

    This was a strange, strange pick for Florida as Ludvig didn't appear to be on the radar at this point in the draft. He doesn't bring much offense to the table (25 points in 109 career WHL games) and he isn't overly physical despite having decent (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) size. It's difficult to understand what the Panthers were thinking with this one given all the quality of players left on the board.

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  • Panthers' Vladislav Kolyachonok: Nabbed by Panthers in Round 2

    Kolyachonok was drafted 52nd overall by the Panthers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

    Kolyachonok spent the entire season making the best of a bad situation. After deciding to leave his native Belarus for the OHL powerhouse London Knights, Kolyachonok was waived by the Knights not long after arriving and spent the entire season playing for Flint, arguably the worst organization in all the CHL. Kolyachonok could have packed it in and returned home, but he stuck around and had a successful season (29 points in 53 games) for a terrible club. Kolyachonok, who boasts a nice combination of size (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) and skill, might have been a fringe first-rounder had he ended up somewhere other than Flint. This was a wise gamble by Florida in the later stages of Round 2.

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  • Panthers' Spencer Knight: Goalie of future for kitties

    Knight was drafted 13th overall by the Panthers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

    Knight is the top goaltending prospect in the 2019 draft. He's big, talented and poised, and reminds a lot of people of Carey Price. But Knight didn't put up the kind of dominant season you'd expect from a guy considered 'can't miss.' His U.S. National Development Program coach says Knight is the "best goaltending athlete USA Hockey has ever seen." That's heady praise. He's headed to Boston College for 2019-20. It remains to be seen if Knight will become Price-like or more like Jack Campbell. Wait on drafting him in your dynasty leagues, unless you can hold him without penalty. Younger goalies are starting to make their marks in the NHL, but he's still years away.

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  • Panthers' Rodrigo Abols: Secures entry-level deal

    Abols agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with Florida on Tuesday.

    Abols nothced 18 goals and eight helpers in 45 games for Orebro HL (SHL) last season. The 23-year-old -- who was drafted by the Canucks in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft -- figures to join the Panthers for training camp, but will likely have to spend the year in the minors adjusting his game to the North American style of play.

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  • Panthers' Aleksi Heponiemi: Signs entry-level deal

    Heponiemi inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Florida on Wednesday.

    Heponiemi opted to forgo his final season of junior eligibility and instead play in Finland last year for Karpat. The youngster racked up 46 points in 50 games before adding another three goals in the playoffs. The winger will head back to North America and will likely start the year in the minors with AHL Springfield, though a call-up or two during the season certainly isn't out of the question.

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  • Panthers' Chris Driedger: Inks two-year extension

    Driedger signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Panthers on Tuesday.

    Driedger played pretty well in the minors this year, compiling an 18-12-1 record while posting a 2.45 GAA and .924 save percentage in 32 appearances. The 2012 third-round pick will likely continue to split starts with Samuel Montembeault for AHL Springfield next season.

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  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Not joining Team Finland

    Barkov will not be heading to the IIHF World Championship for Team Finland, the Panthers' official site reports.

    With Barkov playing his first full season at a career-high 22:21 time on ice per game, the Panthers and Barkov decided against extending his season through May. General Manager Dale Tallon also cited in his statement nagging injuries as a reason Barkov will not be joining his national team in Slovakia. Team Finland will surely miss his production, as Barkov led all Finnish players in both goals (35) and points (96) this season.

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  • Panthers' Frank Vatrano: Preparing for World Championship

    Vatrano will suit up for the United States in the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Germany and France, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    The 25-year-old enjoyed a fantastic year in 2018-19, producing 24 goals and 15 assists in 81 games, all of which were career highs. Vatrano also developed his game on the other side of the puck, racking up 208 shots, 139 hits and 74 blocks, which were also career highs. Depending on how the roster shakes out, Vatrano could be a key contributor for the Americans.

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  • Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: First 30-goal campaign

    Huberdeau scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.

    The goal was his 30th of the season, the first time Huberdeau has reached that mark, while his 92 points in 82 games were also a career high. The 25-year-old formed one of the deadliest duos in the league with Aleksander Barkov, and they figure to be the centerpieces of the Panthers' offense for years to come.

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  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Closes books on breakout campaign

    Barkov scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.

    The 23-year-old emerged as a true superstar this season, scoring 35 goals and 96 points in 82 games for the Panthers. With Jonathan Huberdeau alongside him, Barkov will be the key to whatever chance Florida has of getting back into the playoffs next year.

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  • Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Falls in finale

    Luongo stopped 23 of 27 shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils.

    The 40-year-old wasn't able to extend his winning streak to four games to close out the season. Luongo posted the worst numbers of his career in 2018-19, but given that he still has three years left on his contract, he'll likely be in the goaltending mix in some fashion for Florida next season.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.17
(9th)
3.28
(28th)
26.8
(2nd)

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