As End Of Preseason Nears, What Have We Learned?

No lingering concussion effects here!

After four preseason games in the northeast, Panther fans will finally get to see their team live for the first time Friday night. With so many questions left unanswered (I mean, most of us haven’t seen a minute of preseason Cats hockey), here’s what we know so far.

-David Booth is showing the scoring touch of his pre-concussion self. He’s tallied three goals in the two preseason game he’s played. Let’s hope that continues into the regular season. A hot-scoring Booth will go a long way for a team that’s not expected to light the lamp too often.

-Erik Gudbranson has the making of a future captain. In Monday’s drubbing at the hands of Montreal, Gudbranson immediately stood up for Evengy Dadonov after he was hit drilled into he boards. That brand of on-ice leadership has been missing a long time here. Imagine if the Panthers had that the night of Booth’s concussion against Philly? At the very least, he’s earned to start the year as a Panther (The Panthers have the option to send him back to Kingston in the first nine games and not lose a year of his entry level status).

-Dennis Wideman helped in the power play department on Monday, tallying two assists. The bad news? He was a -2. Not the best sign for a guy coming off a -14 season.

-Travis Moen? Meet Andrew Peters. For those keeping track, the Panthers first play the Canadiens this season 10/30 at the Bell Centre. The over/under on fights is 4.

-Evgeny Dadonov was wise in backing off his ‘NHL or Russia’ stance. He showed he was talented during the Panthers rookie week. Getting off to a hot start in Rochester might have him first in line to be called up to Sunrise.

-Keaton Ellerby is making a big push to be Dman #6. His added 20 pounds of muscle has added some physicality to his game. It would be nice to see a Panther defenseman in the #4 sweater, you know, actually hit someone!

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to buy your first $13 Heineken of the season Friday!

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