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G.M. Journal: New Year, Bright Future

Friday, 12.31.2010 / 11:17 AM ET / Blogs
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G.M. Journal: New Year, Bright Future
A floridapanthers.com exclusive, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon will be sharing his thoughts with Panthers and hockey fans throughout the year in his blog entitled G.M. Journal.

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If you’re a Florida Panthers fan and you haven’t been following the World Junior Tournament, then I strongly suggest you do so, lest you miss out on some great hockey, and a glimpse in to the future for our hockey club.
 
With five prospects playing significant roles for their respective teams – defenseman Erik Gudbranson and forward Quinton Howden for Canada, forwards Nick Bjugstad and Drew Shore for the United States, and forward Joonas Donskoi for Finland – the Panthers are one of the best represented teams in the tournament.
 
Thus far, all five have shown flashes of the skills that could make them important players for us in the future. Both Gudbranson (3-2-5 in three games) and Howden (0-3-3 in three games) have impressed with their two-way play. Meanwhile, Bjugstad (overtime winner vs. Finland, two assists), Shore (goal, fifth in tournament in face-off percentage of 66.67%), and Donskoi (1-3-4 in three games) have all made big plays at crucial moments thus far.
 
It’s a testament to our scouting staff that our prospects, including four players from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, are not only competing in this tournament, but thriving. As I have said, the draft is a key part of our blueprint for building a successful team, and I’m looking forward to repeating our success at the 2011 Draft in June.
 
While our future certainly looks bright, our fans have to be impressed with the toughness and determination of our current team. In front of our biggest crowd of the season against Boston on Monday, our team came to play.
 
Unfortunately a 40-save performance from backup goalie Scott Clemmensen and goals from Mike Santorelli and David Booth were not properly rewarded in a 3-2 shootout loss. But it would be impossible to question the resilience of this team through the season’s first half.
 
Under a number of adverse conditions including injuries and lengthy road trips, we continue to bring a consistent effort every night. I expect more of the same tonight, in front our biggest crowd and most electric atmosphere of the year at the BankAtlantic Center.
 
I know that many of our fans circle this game on their calendars when the schedule comes out each year, but tonight’s game against Montreal is just the start of a crucial stretch of home games that continues well into January. We’re going to find out a lot about our team over the next few weeks, and the support and passion of our fans will only help as we push for a playoff birth.
 
In preparing for 11 home games in the next 23 days, the new culture and attitude that we’ve cultivated will play an important role in our success. As we move forward with our plan for building a consistent playoff team and Stanley Cup contender in Florida, the importance of playing well in the second half of the season should not be lost on anyone. Hopefully you will be at the BankAtlantic Center supporting us every step of the way.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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