Florida Panthers: Expect a Dominant Year From Vincent Trocheck

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 23: Vincent Trocheck #21 of the Florida Panthers yells to a teammate as he skates up ice against the Boston Bruins at the BB&T Center on March 23, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 7-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 23: Vincent Trocheck #21 of the Florida Panthers yells to a teammate as he skates up ice against the Boston Bruins at the BB&T Center on March 23, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 7-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /
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Following an injury-riddled 2019 campaign, Florida Panthers fans should expect a healthier, all-star version of Vincent Trocheck during the 2020 NHL season.

The former third-round draft selection was previously experienced an all-star season in 2017, becoming the lone representative for the Florida Panthers at the 2017 NHL All Star Game. The United States native played in all 82 regular season games, recording a phenomenal slash line of 31 goals, 44 assists for 75 total points as a 24-year-old centerman.

Moreover, Trocheck recorded a dominant faceoff winning percentage of 54.1%, developing into a complete two-way top-six center for the Florida Panthers. Vincent Trocheck‘s all-star season secured himself a permanent spot as the team’s second-line center for the present and foreseeable future.

However, the 2019 season was a completely different story for the former all-star selection. The native of Pittsburgh experienced a gruesome leg injury, which ultimately sidelined him from 27 regular season games of action for Florida.

While participating in 55 NHL games, Vincent Trocheck registered an underwhelming slash line of 10 goals, 24 assists for only 34 total points. The 2019 season was certainly an outlier in Trocheck’s consistent NHL career and a season in which Panthers fans can expect to not repeat itself in the future.

Vincent Trocheck is only 26 years of age and possesses a proven track record at the NHL level. Essentially, the heart and soul of the Florida Panthers should experience a tremendous bounce-back season in 2020, proving all of the critics and doubters wrong.

Furthermore, Trocheck has since fully recovered from his gruesome leg injury and will enter the 2020 season as the anchor for Florida’s second line. Also, Vincent will likely be given plenty of opportunities on either the first or second power-play unit, which will certainly increase his production on the offensive end.

While Vincent Trocheck will not likely reach the 70 point mark once again, Florida Panthers fans should anticipate a durable Vincent Trocheck who will contribute anywhere between 55-65 points during the 2020 season.

In addition, Trocheck will contribute to the other areas of the game, such as faceoffs, power-play, penalty killing, blocking shots, takeaways, setting up teammates, leadership, and being an aggressive force on the ice and in the locker room.

In essence, Vincent Trocheck is a pivotal part of the Florida Panthers, and our success will undoubtedly depend on Trocheck’s availability and performance. If Trocheck can remain relatively or entirely healthy and produce roughly 60 points, then the Florida Panthers will unequivocally clinch a playoff birth and potentially win the competitive Atlantic Division, as well.

Essentially, the Florida Panthers are generally more successful with Vincent Trocheck in the lineup. Therefore, a healthy Trocheck will translate to more victories and help the Cats become a Stanley Cup contender during the 2020 NHL campaign.

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Ultimately, Florida Panthers fans should anticipate a revitalized version of Vinny Trocheck; one who could easily record a 60-70 point season when healthy. In his first full season back from injury, a realistic expectation for Trocheck would be a 60 point year, while playing a critical role in on both ends of the ice. Trocheck will also perform the intangibles exceptionally well, and will likely lead the Florida Panthers into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2020.