Player News - Panthers

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The Florida Panthers are hoping Jayce Hawryluk will be more consistent next season.

Hawryluk had an up-and-down season in terms of production in the minors and at the low-end of it, he was briefly sent from the AHL to the ECHL. Overall, he had 10 goals, 36 points, and 82 penalty minutes in 64 AHL contests. Hawryluk was taken with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and was at one time regarded as one of the team's top prospects, but his stock has fallen. Still, he's just 22-years-old, so there is time for him to bounce back.
May 25 - 9:21 AM

Panthers assistant GM Eric Joyce identified Dryden Hunt as "a guy that has a real shot to make our NHL team next year."

Hunt stepped up in the AHL this season with 23 goals and 46 points in 58 games. He also played in 11 contests with the Panthers, though he was limited to an assist over that stretch. "When he came up, the coaching staff was really impressed with his ability to be consistent," Joyce said. "They put him on the fourth-line role, he’s hard on pucks when he forechecks, he covered his guys well. He didn’t score up here, but at the end of the day, did he do his job? Absolutely." If Hunt does make the Panthers, it will probably be in a bottom-six role.
May 24 - 9:20 AM

Anthony Greco might seriously compete for a roster spot with the Panthers in 2018-19.

Greco had 29 goals and 48 points in 75 AHL games this season. If he were to make the Panthers, it would be in a bottom-six role. It helps that he's been playing in all situations in the AHL, including on the penalty kill. "Grecs has certainly worked himself into a situation where he’s going be very competitive for a job on the National Hockey League team next training camp," Panthers assistant GM Eric Joyce said.
May 24 - 9:18 AM

Samuel Montembeault impressed Florida Panthers assistant GM Eric Joyce during his first AHL season.

"Sam has all the talent in the world," said Joyce, who also serves as the GM of the Springfield Thunderbirds. "It's up to him, just like it’s up to a lot of our guys, to put the time in in the off-season and make sure he's committed to doing the things we told him. If he does those things, the sky's the limit for him." Montembeault's .896 save percentage and 3.25 goals-against average over 41 games doesn't looked good on paper, but he faced the 11th-most shots on goal (1,142) in the AHL. The 21-year-old will look to continue his development in the minors next season.
May 23 - 9:00 AM

Florida GM Dale Tallon is expected to make offers to big-name free agent this summer.

"We've identified and we like certain players," said Tallon. "We have it in our budget. We're going to do what we can to improve our team." Florida will be seeking a winger to play alongside Vincent Trocheck and they want to add some experience on the back end.
May 1 - 9:10 AM

Florida is not expecting to win the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday, as they have the worst odds (1.0%) among the 15 lottery teams.

The Panthers became the second team in league history to miss the postseason with at least 96 points and they missed qualifying by one point. Florida has roughly a 1.1 percent chance at the No. 2 pick and a 1.2 percent chance at the No. 3 pick. "We're preparing for 15 and if it happens that we win the lottery, then that's a bonus," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "That's the way we're looking at it. We're not going in there expecting to win. This way, we're prepared for whatever happens."
Apr 27 - 9:40 AM

Mike Matheson was named Florida's nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Monday.

The award goes annually to the NHLer who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Matheson volunteered at food trucks after Hurricane Irma, wrapped presents around Christmas and hosted a floorball clinic at a local school. The NHL will reveal three finalists on April 30.
Apr 24 - 10:06 AM

Roberto Luongo has been picked as a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Luongo bounced back from injuries to his hand and groin in 2017-18 and posted solid numbers. The 39-year-old netminder had a record of 18-11-2 with 2.47 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 35 appearances. His efforts nearly got the Panthers into the postseason, but the team ended up falling short. Luongo also delivered a great and emotional speech following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on a night when Florida honored the victims.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 1:24 PM

Aleksander Barkov has been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Barkov had 27 goals, 78 points and 14 penalty minutes in 79 games this season. He wasn’t chosen as one of the finalists for the Selke Trophy, so it’s nice to see him get some recognition for his outstanding season. Vegas’ William Karlsson and Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly have also been nominated for the Lady Byng Award.
Source: TVA Sports
Apr 20 - 6:37 PM

Aleksander Barkov was a notable omission among the three Selke Trophy finalists, which were announced on Wednesday.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar were selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Barkov was thought to be a strong contender for the league's best defensive forward award during the regular season. His numbers also stack up well against the finalists, but Florida not making the playoffs may have played a factor in him not being nominated.
Apr 19 - 9:14 AM

Connor Brickley is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Brickley may not be back with the Florida Panthers after he was a healthy scratch in 27 of the final 33 games of the season. He posted four goals and 12 points in 44 matches.
Apr 13 - 9:47 AM

Radim Vrbata confirmed Tuesday morning that he plans to retire.

"Next year, I'm just going to be a dad," Vrbata said. "After a career like that and three little kids going back to Czech for good, they'll be enough to do just being around the family. I was involved with my hometown team [BK Mlada Boleslav] for five years before. I think that's something I'll get back to. ... I think that's it. This was my last game as a player." Vrbata played in 1,057 career contests, including 42 with Florida in 2017-18. He notched 284 goals and 623 points.
Apr 13 - 9:44 AM

Alex Petrovic will be a restricted free agent for the third time this off-season.

Petrovic got a two-year, $2.1 million contract in 2015 and he signed a one-year, $1.85 million contract in 2017. "I'd love to sign a long-term deal, but they need to trust me coming into next year being a good player," Petrovic said. "Whatever pans out, I'm just going to come in in great shape and just be a good player, play my role. That's all I can control."
Apr 13 - 9:41 AM

Henrik Borgstrom is eager for the start of the 2018-19 season after he got a taste of NHL action at the end of the year.

"I'm hoping for a big role next year, but it's up to me if I'm ready to take the role," Borgstrom said. "It's tough to say. There's a lot of good players. I just got to — classic words — just got to work hard, try to do my best." He played in four games during the final month of the season. The Panthers will give him every opportunity to earn a roster spot.
Apr 12 - 10:14 AM

Owen Tippett will get another chance in 2018-19 to stay at the NHL level.

Tippett skated in seven games with the Florida Panthers during the first month of the season before returning to the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. "I like young players. I like to put them into the fire and let them develop, on-the-job type training," said GM Dale Tallon. "It worked this year for our young defensemen. I have no qualms. If they're the best players at training camp, they'll be in the lineup." He is hopeful that Tippett can make an impact next year.
Apr 12 - 10:11 AM


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