#1: Henrik Borgström (C-LW)
The decision to start 2016 first-round draft pick Henrik Borgström turned a lot of heads in September after the forward seemed to have a spot on the Panthers’ third line all but locked up.
Borgstrom played the last four games of the 2017-18 season and was on the Panthers’ roster for the entire preseason, yet started this year’s regular season in Springfield.
Whether that decision was right or not is still up in the air, but Borgström’s play at the AHL level suggests he is ready for the NHL.
Borgstrom has scored four times in eight AHL games, all coming from even strength. He’s also chimed in with seven assists, putting him at a 1.38 point per game average. The young Finn has also yet to take a penalty this season, making him one of two skaters (Patrik Bajkov and Thomas Schemitsch) yet to do so.
Henrik has excelled for his team and has shown a serious determination to wearing the Panthers red sooner rather than later. Borgström is diverse and could fit in playing down the middle, replacing Juho Lammikko, or on the left for Frank Vatrano or Maxim Mamin.
He’s looked the busiest early on, but the question remains: will the Cats call him up when needed?