Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

Drew Shore Talks About The Home Stretch

After taking a brief hiatus to nurse his ailing wrist, Panthers’ rookie forward Drew Shore is reportedly set to return to the lineup on Saturday night - thus beginning the 3rd and final chapter of his roller coaster rookie season.

In a season in which much of the focus was placed on the arrival of Panthers’ top-prospect Jonathan Huberdeau, fellow NHL neophyte Drew Shore quietly put together his own impressive rookie resume. In 34 games this season, Shore has accumulated 11 points (2G 9A) while seeing time on both the power play and penalty killing units.

Although his point total may seem low at first,  it is important to note that Shore did most of his statistical damage in a single month . During the month of February, Shore led all NHL rookies in scoring with 10 points (2G 8A) and seemed as if he was destined to be the next great Florida Panther alongside Jonathan Huberdeau. However, from the beginning of March until now, Shore’s production has dipped - scoring only 1 point - as he continues to fight through the first rough patch of his young career.

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Panther Parkway Noon Headlines: Crosby, College Hockey, Bishop, Jagr, and More!

What better way to spend your lunch break than catching up on all of last night’s amazing NHL action that you may have missed! Here are the top stories and videos from the all of yesterday’s action around the NHL.

  • Watch this beautiful goal from last night, courtesy of the Sedin twins.


  • Shero: Sidney Crosby has no concussion symptoms. [TSN]


  • Watch the Blues & Blackhawks entertaining shootout from last night. [Puck Daddy]


  • Jaromir Jagr scores the lone goal in his debut for the Boston Bruins. [Sporting News]

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Ex-Panther Michael Frolik Proving To Be Useful

Just a few seasons ago (2009-2010) as a member of the Florida Panthers, Michael Frolik recorded his second 21 goal campaign in only his second NHL season.  Not too shabby for the former first round pick of the Panthers who selected him 10th overall in 2006.  After two consecutive seasons of compiling 43 and 45 points, Frolik was at least consistent, but seemed to always leave you wanting more.  His goal scoring was streaky as many natural goal scorers can be, but his scoring droughts were frustrating since it seemed that he was a skilled player with potential to hit 30 if he ever found his stride.  He skated well, used his speed to create scoring chances, but often times was thwarted by his shot selection.  There were many a wrist shot that went directly into the crest of an opposing goaltender, causing Frolik to become frustrated.

During the 2010-2011 season Frolik played 52 games for the Florida Panthers scoring only eight times and adding 21 assists for a team that was to say the least, awful.  It was the final season of Peter DeBoer behind the bench, and it was the first season of Dale Tallon’s blueprint in action.  Frolik became one of the first “housecleaning” moves that Tallon made as he send the young winger, and goaltending prospect Alexander Salak to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.  Many wondered if the Panthers had given up too early on Frolik, and if not, did they get enough back in return.  While the jury may still be out on that, Frolik who is completing his third season in the Windy City has found a way to keep himself in the lineup by changing his game, and adapting to his role.  Which lately has seen him wear many hats. Frolik’s versatility was discussed yesterday in an article by Tracey Meyers, as she points out how important he’s become as the team’s utility man.

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