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The Center Of Success

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 8:00 PM ET
By Randy Moller - / From The Booth
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As I broadcast the Panthers' Western Conference road games, the Cats continue to make strides and improve their overall game. One aspect is the importance of puck poccession and the role of "big center men" in the team's success.

Consistently top NHL teams have three key ingredients:

1) Solid goaltending
2) A puck moving, minute gobbling defenseman
3) Minimum two big centermen

Big centermen control the puck in the offensive zone and ultimately control the game.

In the past, Panthers have struggled with the likes of Jason Spezza (Ottawa), Eric Staal (Carolina), and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) for example. Throw in some dominant Western Conference "puck hogs" like Jonathan Towes (Chicago), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim) and Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) and you get the idea; big up the middle and you win championships.

Right now the Panthers are creating their own "pillars of puck control". Watch the emergence of the Cat's Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, newly acquired six foot, six inch Jimmy Hayes and Shawn Matthias. Along with Drew Shore and Quinton Howden who are gaining strength and experience down in San Antonio, the Panthers should be solid up front, especially in "the middle" for many years.

Just more pieces to the Stanley Cup puzzle. The parts are there folks, enjoy watching them develop. is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.