Throughout the month of August, NHL.com has been running a series called 30 In 30 where they take an in-depth look at one team every day. The Florida Panthers had their day in the spotlight yesterday. For Panther fans, this means that there is a lot of new Panthers content where not too long ago, there was nothing. NHL.com’s coverage of each individual team is pretty comprehensive, complete with team previews, fantasy hockey tidbits, projected rosters and top-prospect lists. Here are the links to the coverage along with some brief commentary:
- Young Panthers Look To Re-Establish Success: Just your standard season preview, lots of talk about the Panthers young players who could potentially make the roster this year. The Panthers’ dismal 2012-13 is rehashed with all the injury bug, underperforming players, poor goaltending play riff-raff we have heard all off-season. The conclusion for the Panthers seems to be: while the playoffs are a pipe-dream, if this young squad can make positive strides and continue to develop then the future of the franchise looks bright.
- Six Panthers Questions Heading Into The Season: A look at some of the story lines that will be following the Panthers throughout the 2013-14 season, covering topics such as, the Barkov-Jones draft debate, the Jacob Markstrom number one goalie question, Jonathan Huberdeau‘s sophomore season etc.
- Florida Hopes Matthias Finds Consistency: This covers Shawn Matthias’ breakout season in which he scored a career high 14 goals…well actually it was more of a breakout month as Matthias scored 11 of those goals in March. As the article points out, if he could repeat that 11 goal month on a consistent basis, Matthias would be a bona-fide star (the 11 goals he scored in 16 games equates to 56 goals over an 82 game season).
- Panthers Line Up Relies On Young Players: While Matthias was just talked about in the previous article as a potential force for the Panthers, it is clear the folks at NHL.com do not see that happening as their roster projection has him on the third line, at wing no less!! I was also shocked to see Bjugstad penciled in as the first line center and Drew Shore on the second line but at the wing position.
- Panthers Have Deep Prospect Pool: A list of the Panthers’ top ten prospects pretty spot on, no complaints here.
- In other news, the Boston Bruins may or may not be close to signing ex-Panther Jose Theodore depending on who you want to listen to.