The Panthers picked up another versatile forward in Kris Versteeg on July 1st from the Philadelphia Flyers for a second and third round pick.
Versteeg played for the Blackhawks under Tallon, scoring 20 goals and 24 assists during Chicago’s run to the Stanley Cup. With Toronto and Philadelphia last season he scored 21 goals and 25 assists in 80 games. For his career in the NHL, the Lethbridge, Alberta native has scored 65 goals and 147 points in 250 career games with Philadelphia (2010-11), Toronto (2010-11) and Chicago (2007-10). In 50 postseason games he has 11 goals and 32 points.
“We are excited to welcome Kris Versteeg to the Florida Panthers organization,” said Tallon. “Kris is a skilled young winger and Stanley Cup-winner that has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons and will make an immediate impact on our team. He is versatile enough to play any forward position and brings passion and commitment to the rink every single day.”
Versteeg is of course another one of “Tallon’s guys” having the won the cup in Chicago. But this is a solid addition to forward lineup for the Panthers. Kris brings a presence on the ice and is a fan favorite. Tallon is always talking about bringing in guys who are fun to play with and Kris is the kind of guy other players like being around.
I like this move for the Cats. Even though we don’t want to give up draft picks as a general rule we have drafted 23 players in the last years. I think we can drop a couple picks to acquire a guy who is young and can really contribute to the team now.
Chicago, Toronto, and now Philly fans were sad to see Versteeg go, and that says something about the quality of the guy about to put on a Panthers uniform for the first time!
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