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Panthers' Riley Stillman: Good to go for postseason
Stillman (upper body) will be available for the Panthers' play-in series clash with the Islanders, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Stillman managed just one assist in 22 games prior to getting hurt and the league going on hiatus, so he's not likely to offer much in terms of fantasy value in either DFS contests or postseason pools. In fact, the defender could struggle to get into the lineup once play resumes.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Set to play
Bobrovsky (lower body) is fully fit ahead of the league's announced 24-team playoff format, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Bobrovsky missed the final four games of the regular season due to his lower-body issue. It was no doubt a disappointing first year with the Panthers, as the netminder failed to reach the 30-win mark for the first time since 2015-16 and posted a career-worst 3.23 GAA. Still, the Russian remains one of the top goalies in the league and could be a solid play in postseason pools and DFS contests should the proposed playoff format move forward.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Mike Hoffman: Continues thriving in Sunrise
Hoffman racked up 59 points in 69 games prior to the league going on hiatus in mid-March.
The former Senator's second year in Florida has essentially been an extension of his first, as he's produced at the exact same rate (0.86 points per game) as last season's 70-point effort. Hoffman has also tidied up his plus/minus to the tune of a minus-5 after the hideous minus-24 mark in 2018-19. It's important to note that he's actually received a full minute less of ice time (16:50 vs. 17:50 last year) but has still managed to produce at the same clip, so it appears that life is good for Hoffman under decorated head coach Joel Quenneville.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Sets new career high
Ekblad set a new career high in assists (36) and points (41) in 67 games before play was paused in mid-March.
How on earth is this guy still just 24? Ekblad has now skated in six full NHL campaigns and finally looks to be the 50-point threat the Panthers hoped they were drafting first overall back in 2014. It probably helps that he's not expected to shoulder the majority of the offensive load from the back end thanks to veteran Keith Yandle and his 45 points, and first-year Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville historically knows how to get a lot out of his blueliners (see: Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook). For an influence of Coach Q on Ekblad's game, look no further than the hit column -- he's recorded just 34 after 114 last year, suggesting a renewed, more disciplined focus toward offense. It also doesn't hurt that Ekblad has Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, who sit 10th and 30th in league scoring (respectively) to dish the puck to on a regular basis, either.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Brett Connolly: Nearing 20-goal plateau
Connolly tallied 19 goals and 33 points in 69 games prior to the league suspension of play in mid-March.
The 2010 sixth overall pick joined his fourth NHL team this season after spending time with Tampa Bay, Boston and Washington. Connolly has received a career-high 14:30 of ice time with the Panthers, which he's parlayed into what would be (should regular-season play resume) a near-guaranteed return to the 20-goal plateau for the second straight year after failing to get there in his first seven professional campaigns. His six power-play points are a personal best, too, and have come in a modest 1:18 of average man-advantage time. All told, the ship has probably sailed on Connolly ever delivering on his lofty draft position, but at the age of 28, he should still be in his prime and good for a point every other game or so.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Grigori Denisenko: Reaches deal with Panthers
Denisenko agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers on Tuesday.
Due to the uncertainty regarding when or if the 2019-20 NHL season will resume, Denisenko will hold off on formally signing a contract for the time being, but his commitment to the Panthers is official. The 19-year-old Russian, whom the Panthers selected 15th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, will make the move to North America after producing 12 points in 38 regular-season games with the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Artyom Sergeyev: Set to join Panthers
Sergeyev informed his KHL team Salavat Yulaev Ufa that he will sign with the Panthers when his contract expires at the end of the April, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
The 27-year-old appeared in 110 games during his two seasons with Salavat Yulaev and had eight goals, 13 assists and 111 hits. Sergeyev spent time in the AHL from 2012 to 2015, but he didn't appear in the NHL before returning to Russia.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Cole Schwindt: Inks entry-level deal
Schwindt agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Florida on Wednesday.
After being selected by the Panthers in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft, Schwindt put together a fantastic 2019-20 campaign in which he racked up 28 goals and 43 helpers (both career highs) in 57 games with OHL Mississauga. The 18-year-old could get a look during training camp this fall, but he will likely be sent back to juniors if he doesn't secure a spot on the 23-man roster -- rather than having him report to AHL Springfield for 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Grigori Denisenko: Set to sign contract in May
Denisenko is expected to put pen to paper on an entry-level deal with the Panthers on May 1, per Igor Eronko of Sport-Express.
Denisenko notched three goals and six helpers in nine outings at the 2020 World Junior Championships, his second appearance at the tournament after tallying nine points in seven games in 2019. The winger was selected by the Panthers with the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and figures to compete for a spot on the 23-man roster at training camp this fall.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Deemed funniest player in league
Yandle was selected by his peers as the funniest player in the NHL in the NHLPA player poll.
While he may be the league's class clown, Yandle is no slouch on the ice, as he's racked up 45 points in 69 games this season. It's the seventh time in the 33-year-old's career that he's reached the 40-point mark. The blueliner figures to be a top-end fantasy option once the league resumes the 2019-20 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' John Ludvig: Secures entry-level deal
Ludvig agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Florida on Monday.
Ludvig -- who was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft -- racked up 17 goals and 45 helpers in 60 games with WHL Portland. The blueliner should get a look during the training camp this fall, which will likely determine whether he returns to juniors or joins the professional ranks with AHL Springfield.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Alec Rauhauser: Earns pro contract
Rauhauser signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers on Thursday.
The Bowling Green State product put up a team-high 35 points in 38 games last campaign, earning WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors. Rauhauser proved to be among the nation's best on defense through his four years in the collegiate ranks and possesses a strong two-way style. The 25-year-old is a finalist for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award, and he'll likely head to the AHL to start the 2020-21 season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Max Gildon: Inks NHL deal
Gildon signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers on Thursday.
Gildon had a strong season with the University of New Hampshire this past season, leading the team with 29 points as a defenseman. The 20-year-old earned third-team All-Hockey East honors while ranking third in the conference in defenseman scoring. At 6-foot-3, Gildon possesses the size and skill needed to play at the top level, and he could manage a game with the big club as early as next season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Evgenii Dadonov: Notches 25 goals again
Dadonov has 25 goals and 47 points in 69 games this season.
Dadonov has scored at least 25 goals in each of the last three seasons since returning to North America from the KHL. However, the 31-year-old's point total dropped significantly; after scoring 70 points last year, Dadonov will miss the 50-point mark if the NHL doesn't finish the current campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Reaches 60-point mark
Barkov has 20 goals and 62 points in 66 games this season.
After Barkov broke out for 35 goals and 96 points during the 2018-19 campaign, his offensive numbers have been a bit disappointing this season. The 24-year-old Finn could have a shot at the 70-point mark for the third consecutive year if the NHL resumes the 2019-20 regular season. Barkov has also pocketed at least 20 goals in five straight seasons.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: Leads Panthers in scoring
Huberdeau has 23 goals, 78 points and a plus-5 rating in 69 games this season.
If the NHL finishes the 2019-20 regular season, Huberdeau is right on pace to match his career-high 92 points from last year. The 26-year-old forward is ninth in the NHL with 170 points over the last two seasons, establishing himself as an elite offensive threats.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Samuel Montembeault: Returns to AHL
The Panthers sent Montelbeault to AHL Springfield on Monday.
In 14 appearances with the Panthers, Montembeault recorded a 3.34 GAA and .890 save percentage. It looks like Florida will use Chris Driedger as the backup goaltender behind Sergei Bobrovsky for the rest of the season barring another injury.... See More ... See Less
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