Youth has been the focus surrounding the Florida Panthers this week as 38 of the Panthers young prospects have spent the last few days skating and working out together as a part the Panthers’ Development Camp. The goal of this camp is to allow the team to get familiar with the players in their system. It allows the Panthers’ to have an influence in the growth of their players an it allows coaches to see in person the players that could one day make up a majority of Florida’s roster. The camp also is an opportunity to help young players make a seamless transition to life as a professional athlete. The NHL does not have a rookie symposium like say the NFL, so this week serves as the Panthers’ opportunity to indoctrinate their charges on what it means to be successful in the NHL and how that success can be achieved.
Here are the pertinent stories coming out of this year’s Development Camp:
- One of the players that has stood out so far this week has been defenseman Alex Petrovic. Check out this player profile from the Miami Herald for the 6’4″ blue liner who’s projected future played a role in the Panthers’ decision to pass on Seth Jones with the second pick in the draft.
- Speaking of key members of the Panthers’ defensive core, the Herald also has a nice piece about Mike Matheson, the Panthers 2012 first round draft pick who will be beginning his sophomore season with the Boston College Eagles this fall.
- The Florida Panthers will be facing some new competition this season when NHL realignment alters the league landscape. The Panthers’ new division will include the Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, Boston and Montreal. Our very own Nick Hahn got the ball rolling with his divisional power rankings. You can check it out here.
- The young Panthers have been busy this week. In addition to their ice sessions, the players have visited Whole Foods, worked out on the beach and gone to see a Marlins game. You can check out pictures and video of all the happenings over at the Panthers home page.