The Florida Panthers Development Camp begins today at the Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs, Florida. The week long camp will feature some of the brightest and talented players in the Panthers organization. Many of these players will be looking to solidify their careers with Florida, while some (Aleksander Barkov) have already shown that their ability and skill level is NHL ready. For those who feel that Florida isn’t a place to grow hockey players, two invitees are out to prove differently.
Plantation born Colin Suellentrop and Weston born Cody Payne will be competing for spots in the Panthers’ system. Suellentrop was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 4th round (116th overall) in 2011 is known as a “stay at home” defenceman who’s described as a player with good size, reach, and skating ability. The full evaluation of Sullentrop can be found in Hockey’s Future. He’s been playing in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals for the past 5 seasons and is looking forward to the opportunity being given him by the Florida Panthers. He’s made some significant progress over the past few seasons, and his continued physical development could be an attractive presence on the Panthers’ blueline in the future. Looks like Colin, a well spoken young man has some leadership abilities as well, as he wore the “C” in this past season’s final game for the Generals:
Cody Payne is a center who was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 5th round (145th overall) in 2012. The scouting report for Payne indicates that like Suellentrop he too has size (6′ 2″, 220 lbs), has the ability to be a power forward as well as having a bit of a mean streak. Payne scored 26 goals last season with the Saginaw Spirit, and 24 goals the prior season with the Plymouth Whalers. According to the scouting report in Hockey’s Future, his grinding style and energy probably slate him for 4th line NHL duty should he be able to reach the NHL level. Not being afraid to drop the gloves and mix things up could be Payne’s ticket to his NHL future:
Development camp dates and roster can be found here. All sessions are free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to see players like Aleksander Basrkov, this years first round pick Aaron Ekblad, along with fan favorite Rocco Grimaldi among others looking for a chance at an NHL career.
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