20th Anniversary: Florida Panthers All-Time Best, Center Edition

Moving left to right for the forwards in the All-Time Best series, today we take a look at the top three Centers in the history of the Florida Panthers. For many years, Florida never really had a clear-cut number one center. This was an issue that was addressed very quickly by current Panthers GM Dale Tallon. Through the draft, Tallon has brought in a plethora of talented young centers to the fold in Florida. Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad and Vincent Trocheck are looked at as the future one-two-three combo for the Panthers, but wait. There’s more. Drew Shore drafted by former GM Randy Sexton and Brandon Pirri acquired before the deadline by Tallon from Chicago, make things quite interesting down the middle. This logjam of young talent at the center position is an excellent problem to have. Having this many options for the future is extremely promising for the Panthers and will provide stiff competition down the road. These young centers have high ceilings to what they can do and one day may even be considered some of the team’s all-time greats, but to get there they will have to get past these guys…

1. OLLI JOKINEN
One of the most popular figures in Panthers history is former captain, Olli Jokinen. Jokinen came over to Florida with Roberto Luongo in another of former New York Islanders GM Mike Milbury‘s infamous code red, disaster-level trades. Florida gave up Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish and in return gained Jokinen and Luongo. Both of these players are ranked number one all-time at their positions in these lists so far, while Parrish was a journeyman in the pros and Kvasha didn’t last long in the NHL. Jokinen was drafted in the first round of the 1997 draft by the Los Angeles Kings and was traded to the Islanders two seasons after. Jokinen’s production was limited at both the NHL and AHL level and many began questioning if he could ever live up to expectations.

Jokinen’s start to his Panthers career was lackluster to say the least. His first two seasons (2000-01, 2001-02) were beginning to label the former third overall draft choice as a bust as tensions flared between himself and head coach Terry Murray. Playing in 158 games during his first two seasons, Jokinen finished with 45 points (15-30-45), 204 PIMs and a horrendous minus-38 rating. Once seen as a promising piece to the Florida puzzle, Jokinen was not impressing fans or management alike, this included new coach, Mike Keenan. While Keenan is infamous for his time in Florida and a bit vilified by many fans, Keenan lit a fire under the under-performing young Finn. Pavel Bure was no longer a Panther by the start of the 2002-03 season, and while irreplaceable as the future hall-of-famer was, someone needed to step up and seize the opportunity to carry the offensive load.

Enter Jokinen. Jokinen made his presence known that season playing 81 games and posting 65 points (36-29-65), emerging as the team’s top player. Jokinen led the team in points that season, an achievement he held on to for the rest of his days as a Panther. Named to the All-Star Team, Jokinen credited his success to Keenan, who continued to use Jokinen as their number one center. Jokinen became the team’s go-go guy over the course of his career in Florida. Ranking fourth all-time in games played as a Panther (567). No player in Florida history has taken more shots (1837), scored more goals (188), game-winning goals (36) or points (419) in a Panthers uniform than Jokinen. The Kuopio, Finland native’s best seasons of his career were during his time in Florida. Jokinen played four straight 82-game seasons for the Panthers and holds the record for most consecutive games played by a Panther (373). A prolific point producer for Florida, Jokinen hit career bests in goals (39) and points (91) during the 2006-07 season and recorded over 60 points in a season on four separate occasions. While never making the playoffs during his tenure in Florida, Jokinen led a young Panthers team to best of his ability. Not afraid to drop the gloves, or drill his opponents with a hit, Jokinen brought it all when he was on the ice.

Jokinen was a threat on the ice for the Panthers every night and holds a record untouched by a Panthers player by recording more points in a game than any Florida skater. On Mar. 17, 2007 Jokinen recorded six points (2-4-6) against the team that traded him to Florida, the Islanders. After missing the playoffs for seven straight seasons (boy did they have no idea how much longer it would be) the Panthers decided to shake up the team by moving Jokinen. Jokinen was traded along with a 2nd round pick  to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton. Phoenix used that pick to draft Jared Staal. Jokinen bounced around to a few other teams and spent the majority of his time with the Calgary Flames. Jokinen never regained his form after being traded, and is currently a member of the Winnipeg Jets. Panthers fans can catch Jokinen at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs during the offseason, as he still spends his summers in Florida. The man who wore number 12, ranks as number one on the All-Time Best list.

Fun Fact: Ballard, who the Panthers received in return for Jokinen from Phoenix was traded to the Vancouver Canucks at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft for a first round pick, Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier. While Grabner and Bernier didn’t last long in Florida, the Panthers used that first round pick to select Quinton Howden, 25th overall.

Here’s a great highlight video with clips of his reaction being traded to Phoenix, as well as international play with Team Finland, his early years as an Islander and of course is time as a Panther.

2. STEPHEN WEISS
654 games as a Panther. No player in Panthers history was more of a mainstay or thought of as the heart and soul of the team more than Stephen Weiss. Selected by Florida at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Weiss was taken fourth overall in the first round and was compared to his hero Steve Yzerman. While higher ranked prospects are often compared to elite players, many do not live up to those comparisons. The Yzerman comparison was more in style than substance for Weiss, and he never quite lived up to that hype. Weiss’ increase in attention at the draft was due to his 87 points (40-47-87) in 62 games with his junior team, the Plymouth Whalers. Weiss although never a top-caliber player, he was indeed a very good center through his time in Florida.

On April, 3, 2002 Weiss made his NHL debut on his 19th birthday, facing the Pittsburgh Penguins. Weiss scored his first career goal in that game and finished the rest of Florida’s season with the team playing in seven total games, recording two points (1-1-2). Weiss did not flourish under the Keenan regime and struggled to live up to his draft stock. The highest point total Weiss recorded under Keenan was 29 points (12-17-29) in 50 games. Weiss took a few seasons to become a dependable player for Florida and battled injuries as well. He began turning the corner after Keenan’s departure posting his first 20 goal season (2006-07) under head coach Jacques Martin. Weiss steadily kept pace around the 40 point mark the following season, but didn’t really break out until a familiar face from his past, took the reigns behind the bench.

Pete DeBoer was Weiss’ old coach from his days in Plymouth. It was under DeBoer that Weiss elevated his play to his 87-point campaign. DeBoer became the head coach of the Florida Panthers in the 2008-09 season and Weiss excelled. Weiss went on to have the best season of his career that year. Weiss was the team’s number one center now that Jokinen was no longer a Panther and DeBoer instilled his trust in his former pupil. Weiss posted a career-best 61 points that season (14-47-61) and finished with a career-high plus-19 rating. His confidence on the ice as well as his chemistry with David Booth and Nathan Horton gave the Panthers a real chance at a playoff berth. Ultimately the Panthers lost out on the playoffs by a hair, but Weiss who now wore the “A” in Florida looked to take the team even further the following season.

The 2009-10 season was a disappointment. Weiss hit a career-high in goals with 28 that year, but the exit of Jay Bouwmeester, the concussion of Booth and countless other injuries to the team took it’s toll as the Panthers finished towards the bottom of the standings yet again. When Tallon took over as GM, he looked to weed out any player not interested in helping with his rebuild of the team. Weiss stood pat, and wanted to remain a Panther. While recording 21 goals the following season, Weiss led a who’s who of aging veterans, AHL call-ups and young players into another disappointing year. DeBoer was dismissed and Kevin Dineen came on board.This was Weiss’ seventh coach to play under during his ten seasons in Florida.

Weiss didn’t miss a beat under Dineen and formed a deadly alliance with Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg that led to the Panthers first playoff berth since the 1999-00 season. Although winning the Southeast Division, the 2011-12 Panthers were an underdog and were looked at as easy prey in the first round to the New Jersey Devils, who were led by former coach, DeBoer. Weiss finally played in his first ever NHL postseason and gave the team everything he could. Weiss posted five points (3-2-5) in seven playoff games, including back-to-back power play goals in game two, pushing Florida to their first playoff win in 15 years. Despite losing in a heartbreaking game seven double overtime finish, Weiss looked to help the Panthers return to the playoffs the following season and defend their division title. The lockout and a season ending wrist injury limited Weiss to 17 games where he posted a meager 4 points (1-2-3) and floated through the year with uncertainty as he was a pending free agent.

Weiss ultimately left Florida last summer to join the Detroit Red Wings. Again limited this season due to injuries, Weiss signed a five-year $25. 4 million contract and has yet to show his worth with the Wings. Weiss may have left Florida, but was met with a warm reception by the Florida faithful at his first game back in Sunrise. The longest tenured Panther in team history, Weiss also holds the record for most assists by a Panther (249),  ranks second all-time in points (394), second all-time in game-winning goals (23) and is third all-time in power play goals (48). While he was never awarded the Captain’s “C” many fans considered him to be the true captain during his time with the Panthers, especially in their run to the playoffs.

3. VIKTOR KOZLOV
Six-foot-four, 232lbs, great offensive instincts and a nose for the net, Viktor Kozlov had all the tools to be a NHLer. The Togliatti, Russia native complimented fellow Russian, Pavel Bure excellently during their time playing together in Florida. Kozlov possessed a booming shot, slick passing ability and could move very well for a player of his size. Kozlov hit a career high in assists with 53 during the 1999-00 season and helped not only the Panthers secure a playoff berth, but helped Bure earn his first Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top scorer. Kozlov’s 53 assist year is still the Panthers record for most assists in a season. Kozlov was a Panther for seven seasons, playing in 414 games and is fifth all-time among Panthers players in points (291), assists (190) and fourth all-time in shots on goal (1177). Kozlov goes unmentioned a lot when Panthers history comes up. Often overshadowed by players around him like Bure, Ray WhitneyScott Mellanby and even goaltender Roberto Luongo or fan favorites, Paul Laus and Peter Worrell, Kozlov was a quiet producer for the Panthers through his time with the team. Kozlov was a prototypical power forward , and while his hockey playing days in the NHL may be over, the 39-year old center spent last season splitting time in the KHL with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and CSKA Moscow.

Here’s a video of Kozlov in the KHL showing off his hands and passing ability. The guy’s still got it.

HONORABLE MENTION: ROB NIEDERMAYER
He was the first ever player to be drafted by the Panthers. Rob Niedermayer, the younger brother of hall of fame defenseman, Scott Niedermayer was selected fifth overall by Florida in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After showing he could score goals at the junior level by posting a 43 goals in his draft year, Florida saw Niedermayer as a dynamic two-way forward who could be their first ever lifer as a Panther. An enormous part of the “Year of the Rat” Niedermayer notched a career high 26 goals and 61 points in 82 games, before posting eight points (5-3-8) in 22 playoff games. Niedermayer battled concussions and injuries in the following years and never regained the form he showed that season. He converted into a more defensive forward through the years and was eventually traded to Calgary in a deal that brought Valeri Bure to Florida to unite with his brother Pavel. As the years went on Niedermayer was able to unite with his brother as well, and win a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Niedermayer played in 518 games as a Panther recording 266 points (101-165-266). The first ever true Florida Panther, Niedermayer was loved by the fans and remains a celebrated player in the team’s history.

Stay tuned as we begin to close in on the final chapter of the All-Time Best series on Panther Parkway!

Former Panthers: Where Are They Now?

It’s should come as no surprise to you that there are a large number of for Florida Panthers roaming around the NHL.

As a few members of the Parkway crew and I started compiling this list we came to realize that there are a lot and I mean A LOT of former Florida Panthers in the NHL. As the “Era of Sell” comes to a close there may not be as many former Panthers as we’ve seen the past few seasons so I thought it would be appropriate to profile these ex-cats in memory of their service to Sunrise.

Player: Stephen Weiss

Fictional Twitter Handle: @WeissWeissBaby

Current Team: Detroit Red Wings

Highlight with Current Team: Pavel Datsyuk said hi to him

Fun Off-Ice Fact: He was mistaken for Eminem while at an Arby’s once

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Florida Panthers Set to Host 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Good news everyone!

The Florida Panthers will be hosting the 2015 NHL Entry Draft at the BB&T Center in the heart of Sunrise, Florida.

According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, the NHL granted Florida the 2015 draft as part of an agreement that involved Broward Countiy footing the bill for the BB&T Center’s new state of the art scoreboard that was unveiled prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. 

The last time that Florida hosted a draft was in 2001 when the hockey world flocked to Sunrise and the BB&T Center – then known as the National Car Rental Center. A draft highlighted by forwards Ilya Kovalchuk (1st overall) and Jason Spezza (2nd overall), the Panthers selected forward Stephen Weiss with the fourth overall selection that year.

Weiss would go on to play eleven seasons with the Panthers and set several team records before signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings this past offseason.

The acquisition of the 2015 NHL Draft will be officially announced by the team tomorrow.

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Panther Parkway’s Top Stories of 2013

Time to close the book on what was not only a wild year for the Florida Panthers, but the NHL as a whole. We started with a lockout and we’re ending on the verge of what looks to be yet another great Winter Olympics.

We here at Panther Parkway would like to take this moment to thank all of our readers, followers, and fans that made this first full year of blogging independence a great success.

Listed below are some of our top stories that helped make 2013 a year to remember!

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Panthers Make The Most Of Effort Against Short-Handed Wings

Too many times this season, the Florida Panthers have had nights where they dominated possession and peppered opposing goalies for a disproportionate number of shots, only to find themselves on the wrong on end of the result. Saturday night in Detroit, the Cats were able to flip that script as they took advantage of a Red Wings team (playing without Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk) in a 2-1 win. Florida enjoyed a huge disparity in shots on goal (37-23), especially over the final two periods (28-14).
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Jonathan Huberdeau’s Growing Pains are Hurting Panthers

Jonathan Huberdeau has been going through a bit of an identity crisis this season. The dreaded sophomore slump has hung heavy over the 20-year old forward. In 24 games this season, Huberdeau has 11 points (5-6-11). While those numbers aren’t necessarily horrible, they are not impressive enough for a reigning Calder Trophy winner. Since his draft day, Huberdeau has been seen as one of the most important pieces in Florida’s future. Drafted as the top player from the QMJHL, and the MVP of the 2011 Memorial Cup, Huberdeau was known for his speed, crafty hands and playmaking ability. His arrival to the Florida organization gave the team a glimmer of hope for a star-power forward they have desperately craved for years.

As a junior player, Huberdeau proved that he had gamebreaking offensive ability. Huberdeau recorded 257 points (104-153-257) in 195 games played, during his time with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. In the 2012-13 lockout shortened season Huberdeau joined the ranks of the NHL after finishing the first half of the season with the Sea Dogs and representing Canada at the World Junior Championship. Huberdeau played in all 48 games of the season, leading rookie scoring with 31 points (14-17-31).

Since his Calder-winning performance, Huberdeau has struggled offensively. A lot of his struggle can be attributed to his  lack of shooting the puck. Huberdeau registered three or more shots in a game 19 times during the 2012-13 season, including a career-high eight shots against Buffalo, on Feb. 28, 2013. He finished the season with 112 shots. This season, Huberdeau has a season-high of three shots in a game, which he has done three times and a total of 34 shots on the season. A victim of doing too much at times, Huberdeau tends to overplay the puck and attempt to stickhandle his way to the net in many situations

Huberdeau is most dangerous in close quarters. The St. Jerome, QC native does not possess the dangerous shot of an NHL-caliber sniper, and is most lethal when he finds himself one-on-one with a goaltender. His lack of size keeps him from getting to the dirty areas in front of the net. Opposing defensemen are able to easily move the 6’1″, 177-pounder off of the puck and out of goal scoring areas. Huberdeau has strong offensive instincts and is clearly capable of both scoring goals and setting up plays as well, but on the ice Huberdeau looks as though he hasn’t quite figured out if he wants to be a goal scorer or a playmaker. He found success last year in shooting the puck and looked as if his play-making persona from his junior days had a little more to offer. Huberdeau had ten games last season where he registered just one shot, while so far this season he has had 13 games where he was held to just one.

Huberdeau got a taste of being a goal scorer last year, and being pegged as “the next big thing” for Florida. While he struggles to figure out his game, the Panthers are struggling on the scoreboard. Florida’s 26th ranked goals per game (2.12) and a 30th ranked power play (9.3%) could really use Huberdeau to generate anything at this point. With the exit of Stephen Weiss in the offseason, and now the exit of Kris Versteeg, the pressure is on Huberdeau to produce some offense. 

Huberdeau has yet to have a multi-point game this season after having seven of them last year. His career-high-multi-point game was against the Philadelphia Flyers last season, where he registered four points (2-2-4).  The Flyers and Panthers face off on Monday and hopefully Huberdeau can find some of the magic he had against the Flyers last season in that game. The Flyers are playing well right now, winning six of their last seven games, and coming off of a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Huberdeau is pointless in three games, but just before that he was riding a three game point streak. This inconsistency is hurting the Panthers needless to say. Huberdeau’s constant want for flashy plays isn’t showing up on the scoreboard the way he’d like, and it’s also earned him 11 giveaways, the most on the Panthers. In order for him to help his team and salvage the season, he needs to step up now by finding the back of the net, and make better decisions with the puck.

He has a chance to make a difference on a team he performed well against last season on Monday, so he should go into the game with some confidence. Huberdeau is still very young and oozes offensive talent. Getting bigger, learning to play two-way hockey, getting back to shooting the puck more and becoming more comfortable playing against team’s top defensive pairings should be on the list of must-do’s for the youngster. A team’s offense should not be placed on the shoulders of a 20-year old. Unfortunately for Huberdeau, without a consistent supporting cast, along with the high expectations of being a top draft choice and a rookie of the year, the spotlight has been on Huberdeau since the start of the season, and will continue for a long time.

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Farewell To Stephen Weiss

Source: Michael Miller- (Wikimedia Commons)

Source: Michael Miller- (Wikimedia Commons)

Although the Florida Panthers made few free agency moves on July 5th, it would turn out to be one of the most historic days in recent memory for the franchise. There had been speculation whirling around for months that the Panthers and Stephen Weiss were going to go their separate ways come summer time. Most of the fan base didn’t want to think about it, or believe it. But around 3pm, Friday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings announced that Florida’s longest tenured player would be taking his talents to Motor City. The rumor that had spread like rapid fire months before had actually become a reality. After 11 seasons with the Panthers, Florida’s fan favorite Stephen Weiss was leaving the sunny South for good- or at least for the next 5 years.

Even though we all had a feeling that this day would come, for Panther fans, the harsh reality was that the “Stephen Weiss” era was officially over. This era had dated back since 2001 when the Florida Panthers selected 18-year-old Stephen Weiss 4th overall in the NHL Entry Draft, which was held at the Office Depot Center (now BB&T Center). Panther fans were ecstatic to draft the Plymouth Whalers centerman who was nicknamed “Weisserman”, after the great Stevie Yzerman due to their similar 3 zone playing styles.

After splitting time between the OHL, AHL, and NHL for a few seasons, Weiss finally earned a permanent roster spot with the Florida Panthers. But it wasn’t until the 2008-2009 season that Stephen Weiss really became an icon to South Florida hockey fans. With Olli Jokinen gone, and Pete DeBoer named head coach, Weiss was about to be handed the keys to the show. For the next four seasons, Weiss averaged 57 points a year and almost 53% in the face-off circle. Unfortunately for Weiss, he was a first line guy on a team that never found much success.

But on April 5, 2012, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres in regulation, which meant the Panthers had sealed their first playoff spot in over 11 years. After 637 playoff less games for the long time Panther, fans would finally get to see Stephen Weiss appear in his first ever NHL playoff game. Weiss tallied 5 points (3g-2a-5p) during the playoffs to help us to a game 7 double OT series vs. the New Jersey Devils. Although the game was over when Adam Henrqiue slipped one through the 5-hole of Jose Theodore, it didn’t matter because Weiss did it. After 9 seasons with the Florida Panthers, alternate captain, Stephen Weiss had lead his team to the most exciting playoff round most of us have ever witnessed.

Weiss has poured his heart and soul into this team for over a decade now. Even without seeing much success, Weiss never gave up on the team he cared so much about. Now he will begin a new journey, playing for his favorite team as a young boy, and also one of the greatest hockey towns of all. Weiss leaves the Panthers as not only the all-time games played and assists leader, but he leaves behind a legacy and era that will never be forgotten. I think I speak for all fans when I say that Weiss, go knock em’ dead in Detroit. You deserve it…

It’s hard to express in only my words just how much Stephen Weiss really meant to the Florida Panther franchise- but maybe our fans can show you. Below is a compiled list of letters from Panther fans describing their most fond Stephen Weiss moments:

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Panther Parkway Radio: Free Agency, Matthias, Development Camp, etc.

Take a listen as the staff of Panther Parkway discuss the exciting events that took place during Free Agency, and will take place during this week’s development camp!

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Frank Rekas and Jameson Cooper

Topics

  • Shawn Matthias Re-signing
  • Free Agency
  • Development Camp
  • Stephen Weiss’ future
  • Future of the Florida Panthers

Click the link below for today’s podcast!

http://www.spreaker.com/user/pantherparkwayradio/panther_parkway_free_agency_d_camp_1

We welcome and encourage comments and feedback! Please come say hello to the staff of Panther Parkway at Development Camp!

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Five NHL Free Agents Getting A Fresh Start

When I grew up, which admittedly was a long time ago, there was very little player movement and even less of a choice of where to play.  For the early part of my childhood there were only six teams until the 1967-68 season when the amount of clubs doubled.  The NHL added the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, California Golden Seals, and Los Angeles Kings.  The expansion continued over the years as you can see the entire progression here, giving more opportunity to more players.

However back then, or as @LilMissRatTrick says, “in the old days”, players either stuck with their team for their entire career, or there were a few trades made before and during the season.  But nowhere near the player movement that goes on currently.  Today with free agency acting as Christmas in July on an annual basis, everyone needs to reacquaint themselves with their favorite team.  It’s always interesting to see who goes where, and for how long, and for how much. But I must say that I’m quite surprised sometimes at the locations players actually decide on, and why.  Not here to judge anyone’s particular city of choice, but let’s take a look at five players who’ve moved on from places that in “my day”, would have likely never left.

* Daniel Alfredsson:  This has to be the most surprising move of the summer.  Alfie spent has spent his entire NHL career which has covered 17 seasons and 1178 regular season games playing for the Ottawa Senators.  Not bad for a player drafted in the 6th round, 133rd overall, but what a “shock” to the fan base when it was announced on Friday that the long time captain of the Senators would be leaving the capital of Canada to go play for the Detroit Red Wings.  A place where he feels he’ll have the best chance to win a Stanley Cup.  It will be interesting if the Senators make the playoffs and the Red Wings don’t.

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Florida Panthers’ Easter Eggs

Happy Easter hockey fans! While many of you will find Easter baskets filled with chocolate and scratch off lottery tickets waiting for your this morning, we here at Panther Parkway decided to give you a new kind of Easter Egg. For this special holiday, we have put together a list of fun Florida Panthers’ Easter Eggs for you to enjoy. Everything from fun stats to interesting facts about the Panthers’ season are listed below, enjoy!

*Statistics shown are correct as of March 30, 2013.

  • Between Stephen Weiss, Sean Bergenheim, Ed Jovanovski, Kris Versteeg, and Jose Theodore, the Panthers currently have $15,875,000 worth of salary out for the remainder of the 2013 season.
  • The Florida Panthers are heading towards being the first Southeast Division champion to miss the playoffs the following year since the Atlanta Thrashers failed to reach the playoffs during the 2007-2008 season.
  • Panthers’ rookie forward Drew Shore and Head Coach Kevin Dineen both played college hockey for the University of Denver.
  • Forward George Parros needs just 21 PIM’s to reach 1000 for his career.
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