Florida Panthers’ general manager Dale Tallon, has emphasized that the Panthers will be going with their young players this season. These young players will be on display all week in Florida as the Panthers are set to undertake their youth development camp. 38 players will be attending the sessions at the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida.
There will be a number of players who saw NHL time with the team last year and who will most likely play large roles on the team this season. These players include Jonathan Huberdeau, Drew Shore, Nick Bjugstad, Quinton Howden and Alex Petrovic. The Panthers’ top 2013 draft pick Sasha Barkov will attend but will not participate in practices as he is recovering from a shoulder surgery. Huberdeau will also be limited as he is recovering from off-season hip surgery.
With the entirety of their 2013 Draft Class attending the camp, the Panthers will get a good chance to evaluate their newest additions. Other familiar prospects in attendance will be defenders Michael Matheson and Jonathan Racine and forward Vincent Trocheck. The complete roster for the camp can be seen here.
The ice sessions will be run by Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen as well as San Antonio coaches Peter Horachek and Chuck Weber. The ice sessions will be open to the public and start at 1:30 PM on Monday with a power skating day. The remaining practices will start at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a day of off-ice beach workouts and the players will also attend a Miami Marlins game assuring the Marlins at least 38 fans Wednesday night (Zing!).
For the Panthers this development camp is an opportunity to get first looks at some players, to evaluate the progress of others, and to continue to have an active input in the progression of their young assets. As GM Dale Tallon put it, “It’s for everyone to get to know each other better and know their future teammates and to make sure they’re on the right path. It’s an indoctrination camp more than anything, to identify some possible additions to our depth chart, to see who we really like, who needs improvement and to identify future Panthers while trying to take care of the ones you think are blue-chip prospects.”