For the majority of last season, opposing teams around the NHL had few reasons to fear the Florida Panthers. A young team riddled with both injuries and inexperience that finished the year last in the NHL in both goals scored and goals allowed per game. Luckily for the Panthers, they will start the upcoming season with a clean slate and the opportunity to redefine themselves however they’d like.
Defenseman Erik Gudbranson is hoping to use that opportunity to bring some fear back into minds of the Panthers’ opponents.
The 3rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Gudbranson is entering his third year with the team and the final year of his entry-level contract. While the pressure of a contract year can weigh on any player, Gudbranson enters this season fueled by the pain of last year and not the dollars and cents of his next big deal.