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Goldie's Blog: Peltonen Returns for Two More Seasons

Wednesday, 04.25.2007 / 9:55 AM / News
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Goldie\'s Blog: Peltonen Returns for Two More Seasons
The Panthers made their first move of what promises to be a busy and interesting off-season. As expected, Ville Peltonen is sticking around, signing a 2 year deal. More players like Peltonen need to be on the roster at the start of next season. He is a solid 2 way player, was a key penalty killer and scored 17 goals. Peltonen missed the season's first 10 games with a shoulder injury and then had to adjust to NHL play after spending the previous few seasons playing in Finland. He scored his 17 goals in the final 60 games of the season. A full 82 games next year and Peltonen has the potential to be in the 20s in goals. He thrived while playing with fellow Fin Olli Jokinen as it was Jokinen's recommendation to bring Peltonen here last year. If the duo stay together on a line, the Panthers must put a right winger with them that will be a physical presence and create space for them. Nathan Horton could certainly fill the role or the Cats will bring someone in as a free agent. The team needs a couple of wingers that can play on the top two lines if you count Horton, Jokinen, Peltonen and Weiss as four of your top six forwards.

On the prospect front, the playoffs have been showcases for two Panthers in particular. Shawn Matthias, acquired for Todd Bertuzzi, is at 13 goals goals in 13 games and his Belleville team won nine in a row in the post-season at one point. Former 1st rounder Kenndal McArdle leads the Vancouver Giants in scoring with eight goals and eight assists in 12 games. He is also a plus 14. It bodes well to see players get valuable post-season experience and thrive in that type of situation, even if is at the minor league level. Former second rounder Tyler Plante had a super regular season, 30 wins and a strong save percentage, leading Brandon to the playoffs. His team won its opening round but lost in the second round. Plante will turn 20 in a few weeks and with his size and ability could be in the NHL in a couple of seasons.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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