Many are unsure about the Florida Panthers lineup this season. After all, this team hasn’t made the playoffs in a very long time. This post will take a look at the impact that we should expect from certain players this season, from a statistical standpoint.
The players: Sean Bergenheim (pictured above with Tomas Vokoun), Matt Bradley, and Shawn Matthias.
Sean Bergenheim finished last season with a fantastic playoff performance for the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring 11 points in just 16 games. Nine of those 11 points were goals. However, he only produced 14 goals and 15 assists during 80 games of the regular season. I am hoping Panthers fans get to see more of his playoff form. Even if fans don’t see that kind of production, around 15 goals will still be beneficial from a player in his role. One of the reasons GM Dale Tallon wants him here in South Florida, is not only does he bring an offensive threat; he has the size to improve the physicality of the team. Tallon has said in the past that one of the reasons the Panthers notoriously have blown games in the third period, is because of not being unable to withstand a beating. I feel, as with all the players on this list, they will be sporadic; often producing in bursts. That is usually true of all players, but these especially so. It is also worth noting that Bergenheim played 9 games, with 1 goal and 4 assists for KHL team Yarosalvl Lolomotiv during the 2006-7 season.
Past & Present:
09-10 GP: 63 G: 10 A: 13 PIM: 45 (+/-)+1 (New York Islanders)
10-11 GP: 80 G: 14 A: 15 PIM: 56 (+/-) 0 (Tampa Bay Lightning)
11-12 GP: 78 G: 15 A: 21 PIM: 58 (+/-) +3 (Projected Panthers)
Matt Bradley: After six seasons with the Washington Capitals, Bradley comes to South Florida; bringing all the grit Dale Tallon wants in one package. If you’ve seen HBO’s 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic, which aired last Fall, you would know how tough he is. Although his role isn’t to put the puck in the net often, he still has the ability to do so.
09-10 GP: 77 G: 10 A: 14 PIM: 47 (+/-) -1 (Washington Capitals)
10-11 GP: 61 G: 4 A: 7 PIM: 68 (+/-) +6 (Washington Capitals)
11-12 GP: 72 G: 8 A: 10 PIM: 74 (+/-) +2 (Projected Panthers)
Shawn Matthias could go either way. He has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, but he needs to show that he is more than a bottom liner. He is either going to have a breakout season, or fade away with the talent in the system surely getting a chance next year. One of his major upsides is his ability to avoid the penalty box.
09-10 GP: 55 G: 7 A: 9 PIM: 10 (+/-) +4 (Florida Panthers, excluding 27 games with Rochester)
10-11 GP: 51 G: 6 A: 10 PIM: 16 (+/-) 0 (Florida Panthers)
11-12 GP: 36 G: 5 A: 13 PIM: 10 (+/-) +2 (Projected Panthers)
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