The Florida Panthers fell just one point shy of making the 2018 NHL Playoffs this year. Could one more top six forward propel them into a spot next year?
Over the course of the year, the Panthers were basically carried by their top four offensive players on the offensive side of the puck. Their stars: Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, and Evgeni Dadonov had incredible years.
Even with these top four players having amazing years, the Panthers still fell short of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But why? The Panthers were missing one more forward who could pick up the slack on nights where their core guys were having off nights.
In this piece, we’ll take a look at a few players that might make sense for the Panthers to bring in via trade or through free agency. It’s important that Florida adds add another top six forward that can not only help them reach the playoffs, but also help them work towards their goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!