Sometimes in the NHL all a slumping player needs is a move to a new team. With all the new players on their roster, that philosophy is paying off big time for the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games and, although their recent numbers have dipped, their overall numbers are staggering. Leading the Southeast Division, the Panthers sit third in the Eastern Conference and ninth in the league with a 16-9-6 record.
The newcomers to Sunrise have been key. Kris Versteeg remains among the league leaders in goals and points, while defenseman Brian Campbell is tied for fourth in the league in assists. Versteeg, Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann are among the top 10 in plus/minus rating.
The Panthers' holdovers, however, also are pitching in, none more than 27-year-old defenseman Jason Garrison.
Throughout the 2010-2011 season, the Panthers struggled with their defensive corps, outscored by a cumulative 34 goals. The team allowed 2.71 goals against per game, whi...