Each day we are going to give you the Final Grade on the Florida Panthers roster. The members here known as The Rat Pack will rotate daily until we have completed our assessment of
bodies talent players. Today’s Final Grade Report is on Niclas Bergfors.
How acquired: Trade along with Patrick Rissmiller for Radek Dvorak and a fifth round draft pick in 2011.
Position: Right Wing.
2010-2011 Season Stats: 12 G 24 A 36 P 8 PIM.
2011-2012 Contract Situation: Restricted Free Agent.
Niclas Begfors came to Florida at the trade deadline from the Atlanta Thrashers. Bergfors was original property of the New Jersey Devils, as he was drafted 23rd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Bergfors played in twenty games with the Panthers this past season, and put up one goal and six assists for a total of seven points, including two penalty minutes. Numbers that certainly aren’t scorching, but then again, the team was in a tailspin trying to get acquainted with each other at the time.
Bergfors had a chance to get some top line minutes while being on a line with Sergei Samsonov and Stephen Weiss, and displayed some of the raw skill that he has. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to find the net enough, as the Panthers continued to struggle offensively. I can’t give you much of an in depth review here as Bergfors was inconsistent, and played on various lines during the 20 games. Much of his success, the little he had did seem to come from his top line minutes, but I certainly don’t think you could say he left a lasting impression on you. Or me for that matter.
Bergfors was paid $900,000 last season and is a restricted free agent this summer. The Panthers have a decision to make and that is, did Bergfors show enough to be tendered an offer, and how much would that offer be? Or would they just lose him to an offer sheet, or trade his rights? If he’s to be offered a deal, you have to ask yourself exactly how much you want to pay for him. My concern is that does he deserve a raise over his $900k, or would you pay him the same, or even less. The word on the street about him is that while he has some natural ability and skill, he doesn’t always bring it every night, every shift. For a player at his age to be on his third team in such a short time must tell us something.
Final Grade: C-. Hard for me to give him much better, and hard for me to give him much worse. His overall performance to me was below average and at times I didn’t even notice him. I think we can do better, as he didn’t really show he’s second line material, and he’s not a grinder so using him on the 4th line won’t work. I question his commitment to defence so the third line is out.
It’s about time that we start putting a roster together where the pieces fit the roles.
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