Jonathan Huberdeau has been one of many future Florida Panthers doing very well in their junior teams but unfortunately he went down yesterday with a leg injury that has many Panther fans wondering how severe the injury is, and whether it will effect him long term.
Jonathan Huberdeau was selected 3rd overall in this past NHL draft by the Florida Panthers. Not many people expected Jonathan to be picked so high at the start of the 2010-2011 season, but once the same began Jonathan never looked back. Jonathan plays for the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and in the 10-11 season, Jonathan Huberdeau registered 105 points in 67 games. He was named to multiple All Star Teams and NHL organizations was certainly calling his name. He was ranked 3rd overall behind Ryan Hopkins-Nugent and Gabriel Landeskog, so the Florida Panthers were the fortunate team to draft him. Once he got to Florida, you could see the excitement in his eyes, and especially his personality on twitter. Jonathan and Rocco Grimaldi were seen tweeting constantly to each other and began building a strong bond throughout the developmental camp.
Jonathan played very well during the Florida preseason and it looked as if he would be a for sure NHL forward for the Panthers this season, but Dale Tallon decided that it would be the right thing to allow Huberdeau to develop as a player and gain some more weight and experience before he decides to step into the NHL world.
Signing the first NHL contract was nice and I’m looking forward to next year. It’s signed, so there’s less pressure, and I’m with the team for the next three years,” Huberdeau said. “I just focus and try to get better every day. . I just work hard every time I’m at the rink and off ice, as well, to get stronger. That’s the reason I didn’t make the (Panthers). This summer is going to be crucial and I want to be ready for the next camp.” – Jonathan Huberdeau
Thus far the decision by Dale Tallon turned out to be a smart one. Jonathan had been on an amazing pace in Juniors tallying 28 points in merely 13 games. If you do the math thats 2.16 points per game which is really amazing by any hockey standards. On November 1st, Jonathan Huberdeau was selected as the Canadian Hockey Player of the Week; during that week he tallied 3 goals and 3 assists in 2 games. Also during that week Jonathan was named the 1st star in the QMJHL.
Everything was looking great for Jonathan Huberdeau in juniors until apparently yesterday morning Jonathan went down with a leg injury and TSN.ca is reporting that it seems be a broken foot. When all was looking great for Jonathan, it’s very unfortunate that he had to go down with this injury especially at the pace he was going at. Fortunately it doesn’t seem to be anything VERY severe but it may take a while before anyone sees him back in any action, as reports are saying he may be out for a month. This isn’t what the Florida Panthers fans and organization wanted to see especially since they want Jonathan to have a lot of playing time where he can gain confidence and learn something new every game. Jonathan Huberdeau yesterday said on twitter “Not playing tonight! Good luck to the player!” It’s positive to hear that he isn’t really saying that he’s in pain or that it’s anything very severe, but hopefully he’ll keep us updated on his twitter.
Many Panther fans have to hold their breath and hope that this isn’t anything that will linger in the long run, and that it’s just something that he’ll manage carefully.
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