Saturday night the regular season ended for the Florida Panthers the way it has in 12 of the past 13 seasons; out of the playoffs. In addition the Panthers will once again be slated for one of the top three picks in this years draft. Another familiar position they’ve known all too well since the summer of 2010. The season was summed up perfectly by young defenceman Erik Gudbranson who had this to say after Saturday night’s loss to Columbus:
“It difficult. You never want to be in this position,” Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson said. “This isn’t fun. We put ourselves behind the 8-ball early in the season in that nine-game stretch, and we really didn’t recover well.
“It’s a disappointing feeling in here. You want to be in the playoffs. For it to end so abruptly now, it’s difficult.”
Now that the season has been completed, we’ll look at what worked, what didn’t work, and what we don’t want to see again.