D’s and F’s: Sergei Bobrovsky, Mike Matheson, Mark Pysyk, Colton Sceviour, Josh Brown
For the remaining five, I decided to just combine the D’s and F’s into one-tier. It’s been a really frustrating opening month for all these players, and they need to turn it around in November.
Other than Aleksander Barkov. grading Sergei Bobrovsky had to be one of the hardest grades to give. His first two games versus Tampa were stellar, and his last two starts versus Edmonton and Colorado (away) were great, but almost everything in between failed to live up to $10 million per year standards.
Mike Matheson’s month was extremely quiet after the first four games. After struggling immensely, especially against Carolina, Matheson held steady defensively. With just one point (coming on a man advantage) in nine games for a supposed two-way defenseman, he really just didn’t have it this month.
For Pysyk, it’s been a very interesting month. From the trade block rumors to being played at forward, he isn’t having a typical month. While he didn’t play either position horrendously, he failed to make much impact at both ends.
Colton Sceviour is another player with a very quiet month. The fourth line has been a revelation for the Panthers, but Sceviour usually is the one left off the scoreboard. He isn’t living up to his pay but has plenty of time to make up.
Finally is defenseman Josh Brown. Brown’s play on the back end has been incredibly porous, often out of position when the Panthers let a goal in. He is young and does have time to make up, but for now, I thought he was the worst of the bunch for Florida.
Sergei Bobrovsky: 69 (D+)
Mike Matheson: 67 (D+)
Mark Pysyk: 65 (D)
Colton Sceviour: 63 (D-)
Josh Brown: 58 (F)
Stay tuned for more as the Panthers are back in action on Saturday, November. 2 @ 7:00 P.M. against the Detroit Red Wings!