2008/09 Florida Panthers Season Preview

Florida Panthers4.  Florida Panthers Season Preview

Bit of a drop after finishing 3rd last year, but that has more to do with the improved Lightning than the moves made by the Panthers.

Florida will be leaning heavily on young guys Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and Rostislav Olesz to put the puck in the net for them this year. Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak and Richard Zednik will also be relied upon to put up some points as the veterans up front. Anthony Stewart will look to make an impact this season and solidify himself as a top power forward in the making.

Their defence isn’t great, but it isn’t that bad either. Bryan Allen, Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton, Cory Murphy and Karlis Skrastins are all legitimate defenceman and decent options. Bryan McCabe and Jay Bouwmeester will be looked upon to lead the offensive charge from the blueline.

In net the Panthers are pretty well set with Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson.

They have great goaltending from Vokoun and have a good defence, but aside from Horton their young forwards aren’t ready to make that push towards contention yet.

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