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Countdown 8: No. 3 Player to Watch; Tomas Fleischmann

Friday, 10.7.2011 / 4:55 PM ET
By Jared Levine - FloridaPanthers.com / Countdown To Home Opener 2011
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Forward Tomas Fleischmann, one of seven Panthers signees this off-season posted 21 points in 22 games with Colorado last season.
In today’s topic, we take a closer look at forward Tomas Fleischmann in the Top Five Players To Watch this season.

After missing more than half of the season last year, Fleischmann is itching to get back on the ice and start a new season. He might have only appeared in 45 games last season, but in his previous three campaigns, he has averaged 72 games. His health is no longer an issue coming into this season after recovering from the blood clots found in his lungs . Therefore the main question is, how well will he fit into the Panthers first line plans?  

Fleischmann was one of seven players acquired via free agency over the offseason to start the season with the Panthers, but to GM Dale Tallon, he has the potential to be the staple to this year’s offseason.

Tomas Fleischmann,” Tallon said with a smile, “is going to be something special.”

Starting off the 2011-12 season on the first line, Fleischmann will be asked to carry a lot of the offensive load this year. What he will benefit from is that he gets to play alongside other talented forwards like David Booth, Stephen Weiss, Scottie Upshall and Kris Versteeg.

“He hasn’t reached his peak yet,” said Tallon. “His numbers are just going to go up. He’s a very skilled guy who makes other players better.”

Others are labeling Fleischmann as a “wildcard,” but Tallon sees something special from this young forward. He believes Fleischmann has the ability to score and make plenty of plays if the offense focuses on him. 

It’s not like he hasn’t performed before, it was only two seasons ago when Fleishmann scored 23 goals and added 28 assists for the Washington Capitals.

Keep an eye on him this season, because if he can remain healthy for the majority of the season, Fleischmann has the capability to improve those numbers and even become a star in the Panther offense.



BY THE NUMBERS

.955 - Points a game that Fleischmann averaged last season in Colorado, posting 21 points in 22 games after being acquired from Washington.

3 - Recorded a hat trick, including the game-winner December 15, 2010 at Chicago for Colorado.

6 - Had six multi-point games this past season split between Washington and Colorado.

21 - Averaged just 21 penalty minutes in last four seasons while averaging 66 games played.

51 - Recorded career high 51 points during 2009-10 season with Washington.
 

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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