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Despite Loss Cats Rookies Earn Something More

Monday, 09.10.2007 / 9:00 PM / News
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Despite Loss Cats Rookies Earn Something More
By Matthew F. Sacco for floridapanthers.com

The Florida Panthers finished off their 2007 rookie camp on a sour note, losing 4-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafes in the consolation game of the four-team tournament in Kitchener, Ontario. But that doesn’t mean the five days of action didn’t have its positive merits for the Cats organization.

“I was disappointed in the outcome today obviously,” Cats assistant coach Guy Charron said. “But this camp isn’t just about wins and losses. It was still a great opportunity to learn more about the young talent we have in this organization, and to give those players an opportunity to compete at a high level.”

Though they finished 1-3 on the tourney, the Panthers staff can certainly walk away from Kitchener with confidence in the performance of a number of different players.

Young goalie Tyler Plante proved that he has a tremendous upside by making 24 saves, allowing one goal and getting the win in his only start of the tournament against runner-up Ottawa.

Big, smooth skating center Shawn Matthias, who came to Florida in the 2007 trade deadline deal that sent Todd Bertuzzi to Detroit, established himself as one of the Panthers most consistent offensive threats, registering points in three of the Cats four games and causing havoc with his physical play and soft hands.

2007 third rounder Michal Repik flashed a deft scoring touch by leading the Cats with three goals, tied for best in the tournament. Fellow Czech Michael Frolik also displayed some of the skills that make the Panthers staff salivate at his potential. Though he had only one assist in the four games, Frolik’s speed and creativity were on full display throughout.

The Panthers also had a pleasant surprise in the form of late addition Mike Duco from the hometown Kitchener Rangers. The 5-10 Duco, who was only on the team as an amateur tryout player after forward Brady Calla went down in Thursday’s practice, energized the Panthers with glass-rattling hits and a pair of fights against players twice his size – he won both. Duco apparently did enough to catch the eye of the Cats scouting staff as his play earned him an invite to Florida’s Training Camp in Vail, Colo.

The Panthers also got stand out performances from center David Brine (3 points), two-way defenseman Franklin MacDonald (2 assists) and forward Dan Collins (2 assists). Fans should also keep in mind that two of the Panthers best prospects, defenseman Keaton Ellerby and forward Evgeny Dadonov, were not in Kitchener as they were both playing in the prestigious Canada-Russia Super Series, which concluded in Vancouver on Sunday night.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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