Jonathan Huberdeau is finding out that winning the NHL’s rookie of the year award brings nice perks.
The latest one came Monday as he spent his off day at Homestead-Miami Speedway tooling around the 1 1/2 mile oval in a souped up Shelby Cobra Mustang thanks to his friends at Ford.
“It was pretty powerful,” said Huberdeau, who bought himself a Mustang convertible not long after arriving in South Florida last year. His track exploits will be featured on the South Florida Ford YouTube page.
“I really enjoyed going out there. I pushed it a little bit. It was great. I was coming in hot on the curves but they gave me some driving pointers. It was pretty exciting. I was very lucky to have a day off and be able to get away from hockey and go out to the race track. I would do that any time.”
One of the downsides of being the Panthers’ lone Calder Trophy winner, however, is bigger expectations.
Huberdeau has three goals this season through the first 12 games and none in his past four.