Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas Stars; LW Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings; D Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets; D...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop, Lightning take care of Panthers in preseason finale

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Bishop made 36 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 Saturday night in the teams' preseason finale. Aleksander Barkov opened the scoring on a power play 3:21 into the first period for Florida (0-4-2). Tampa Bay (5-1-0) answered with goals by Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Brown later in the period, and Anton Stralman...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Bishop, Lightning take care of Panthers in preseason finale

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Bishop made 36 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 Saturday night in the teams' preseason finale. Aleksander Barkov opened the scoring on a power play 3:21 into the first period for Florida (0-4-2). Tampa Bay (5-1-0) answered with goals by Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Brown later in the period, and Anton Stralman...
Via Fox Sports Florida
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bishop stops 36 shots as Lightning beat Panthers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Ben Bishop made 36 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 Saturday night in the teams' preseason finale. Aleksander Barkov opened the scoring on a power play 3:21 into the first period for Florida (0-4-2). Tampa Bay (5-1-0) answered with goals by Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Brown later in the period, and Anton Stralman capped...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Aleksander Barkov among top 2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers

Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers, C 2013-14 Stats: 8 G, 16 A, 24 P, 54 GP The second overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Barkov is actually set for his 4th season of pro hockey. The native of Finland played two seasons with his hometown Tappara Tampere prior to his NHL debut with the Panthers last year. The Panthers won’t be great this season, but they’ll lean on...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers Depth Chart 2014 2015

Fantasy Pool Guide 2014-15 $9.99 Florida Panthers C 1. Aleksander Barkov  2. Nick Bjugstad  3. Dave Bolland  4. Derek MacKenzie  5. Brandon Pirri  L 1. Jussi Jokinen  2. Jonathan Huberdeau  3. Tomas Fleischmann  4. Sean Bergenheim  R 1. Brad Boyes  2. Scottie Upshall ...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers top 10 prospects

Following a similar blueprint to the one that yielded a Stanley Cup in Chicago, general manager Dale Tallon has quickly restocked a Panthers farm system that was fairly barren upon his arrival to South Florida in 2010. While drafting in the top five of the NHL Draft in four of the past five years has certainly helped bolster the quality of their talent pool, Tallon's ability...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jokinen, Barkov looking forward to reunion in Florida

Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov got to know one another while helping Finland capture bronze at the 2014 Olympics. Now the duo hope to bring their chemistry formed in Russia to Florida. Jokinen signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Panthers on July 1 after spending last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “He will really help Barkov,” general manager Dale...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers the most tortured franchise in hockey

One of the constants when discussing sports is trying to figure out which franchise has it the worst. “Well my team hasn’t won in 30 years! My team has been awful for 10 years! My team can’t draft!” So on and so forth. After all, there’s got to be something for the clods of the league to be at the top of besides the draft boards. In the NHL, there really are only a few...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Injury Update: Aleksander Barkov still isn't 100% after knee injury

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov sustained a knee injury during the 2014 Winter Olympics, as a member of Finland's team. According to Ryan Dadoun of NBC Sports, Barkov attended the Panthers' development camp last week, but was unable to complete the last two days. Barkov has been working to recover from the injury for the last five months, although he still has...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers looking to move?

It’s no secret that the Florida Panthers have struggled, both on the ice and at the box office, in recent years. They’ve ranked near the bottom of the league in attendance, and have made the playoffs only once in the past decade. They’ve also tangled recently with Broward County (where their arena is located) officials over money and the use of taxpayer money for their arena...
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July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Re-live the Florida Panthers 2013-14 season in 60 seconds

Mid-summer hockey cravings starting to set in? What better way to quench your thirst for Florida Panthers hockey than by re-living the best moments of the team's 2013-14 campaign. From Aleksander Barkov's first NHL goal to the return of goaltender Roberto Luongo, this past season in Sunrise certainly had its fair share of unforgettable moments. With the opening night of the...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Here Are The Best Shootout Moves From NHL Player Development Camps

The NHL Development Camps give teams a way to look at their rookies, draft prospects and players they may have missed. Quite often, the Development Camps produce some awesome highlights and this year, the shootouts produced some phenomenal moves. The guys over at the Puck Daddy Blog put together an impressive list. Aleksander Barkov of […] The post Here Are The Best Shootout Moves...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Barkov ‘looks good’, but knee isn’t 100 percent

Aleksander Barkov‘s rookie season was cut short when he sustained a knee injury while playing for Finland in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Nearly five months later, Barkov is still focused on his recovery with the goal of being 100 percent in time for training camp, per the Miami Herald. He attended the Panthers’ development camp, but didn’t participate in the final two days....
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Highly touted prospects Ekblad, Barkov highlight Panthers development camp

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Over the next week, the future stars of the Florida Panthers will gather for the team's annual development camp in Coral Springs. Former first-round picks Aaron Ekblad (No. 1 overall, 2014) and Aleksander Barkov (No. 2 overall, 2013) highlight a camp roster filled with both future stars and hopeful tryouts. For Ekblad, a defenseman, Monday's opening...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers to open development camp July 7

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers announced today that the club will hold its' annual development camp from Monday, July 7-Friday, July 11 at the Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs. Panthers prospects expected to attend the camp include Florida's first round draft choices from each of the last three years, including: D Aaron Ekblad (No. 1/2014), F Aleksander Barkov...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Teams At The NHL Draft

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY, 5. Florida Panthers: One adage that NHL general managers try to remember is that sometimes the best trades are those that you don't make. That might be very true for the Florida Panthers, who decided to keep the No. 1 pick and draft defenseman Aaron Ekblad. Although general manager Dale Tallon received some legitimate offers for the...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers' five-year draft review

Since Dale Tallon took over as Florida Panthers GM in 2010, there has been a strong emphasis on stockpiling draft picks and young talent. In that stretch, Florida has rebuilt its farm system with 36 picks in five years, including six first-rounders and 12 picks in the second- through third-round range. With the Panthers transitioning from the more veteran squad built by Tallon during...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Draft: Panthers GM Has Received One ‘Fair Offer’ For No. 1 Pick

The first selection in the 2014 NHL draft belongs to the Florida Panthers, but the likelihood of them actually making that pick is tough to gauge. General manager Dale Tallon, who has already revealed that he’s shopping the No. 1 pick, said earlier this week that he’s received a “fair” trade offer from one team interested in moving up, per Damien Cox of the Toronto Sun...
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers set for years to come with young centers

The Florida Panthers are in an envious position when it comes to their depth chart: They have too many centers. The Panthers pride themselves on being strong up the middle, and since Panthers GM Dale Tallon took over, building a strong core of pivots has been a top priority. If one positive emerged from a dismal 2013-14 season, it was Florida solidifying itself up the middle with...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Mock Draft: Part 1 (1-4)

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 27–28, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are my top #1-4 NHL Mock Draft Projections: 1) Aaron Ekblad Ht: 6' 3" Wt: 216 lbs Position: D Team: Barrie (OHL) Reasoning: The Florida Panthers selected their future first line center, Aleksander Barkov, second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. In 2014...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers Season Review: Forwards

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images Matt Smith Florida Panthers Writer Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Panthers’ group of forwards featured some pleasant surprises and utter disappointments.  In the first part of my three-part season review, I will go over how the Panthers’ forwards did this season, project to do next season, and their contract status for the upcoming off-season....
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers open to trading No. 1 pick in June's NHL draft

The Florida Panthers hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, but possibly not for much longer. During a radio interview Thursday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said that he "definitely will" shop this year's top pick. "I'm open for business," Tallon said when asked about his willingness to deal the No. 1 pick...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Who will the Florida Panthers select at #1 overall?

Who will the Florida Panthers select #1 OV? What other player could fall their way in the 2nd round? There is lots of speculation of who the 1st OV player will be but even more uncertainty who they pick 32nd OV as it's a crapshoot by that time. There is really only 3 players who are even possible to be selected by Florida #1 OV. The Top 3 consensus players with the greatest...
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers jump up one spot to win first pick in NHL Draft lottery

Call it a reversal of fortune. The Florida Panthers were awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to be held in Philadelphia on June 27-28. Florida, which finished 29th in the NHL with a 29-45-8 record for 66 points, had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the draw. The Buffalo Sabres finished last in the NHL with a 21-51-10 record and had a 25 percent chance of hanging on to the...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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