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Hitting The Ice

Panthers prospects skate for first time at Iceplex as part of Development Camp.

Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 5:15 PM ET / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Hitting The Ice
DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Development Camp

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PHOTOS FROM DAY 1
HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY 1
KEVIN DINEEN INTERVIEW
NICK BJUGSTAD INTERVIEW
ERIK GUDBRANSON INTERVIEW
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
CAMP ROSTER
The Panthers kicked off their on-ice portion of Development Camp in front of a packed house at the Saveology.com Iceplex Tuesday morning.

"This camp focuses more about skill set and working on their fundamentals," said Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen who led the two hour long sessions. "When we're out there doing those kinds of things, it feels good. I think for them and certainly for us as well."

"It was great to see all our prospects out on the ice this morning," added Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "We have a diverse group of young, high character and hard working players who share a passion and love for the game. Our staff has done a fine job is setting up a variety of on and off ice activities throughout the week, that will help to enhance our prospects growth and development."

More than 500 fans got a close up to the Panthers' future at the Panthers Den at Saveology.com Iceplex as they went through drill after drill, working on passing, shooting and scoring.

"It was wonderful to see all our fans come out and pack the rink this morning to watch our prospects," said Tallon. "We have a great fan base in South Florida and today they had the opportunity to see the future of the Florida Panthers organization."

For the prospects that were in attendance (open to those that were just drafted within last couple of years and first and second year pros), it was a chance to get their feet (or skates) back on the ice. For most it was the first time in a few months.

"To skate on the ice for the first time with the Panthers jersey was great," said Panthers first round pick (3rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Panthers prospects who have been in South Florida since at least Sunday have been bonding through the on and off ice workouts and activities.

"It's been great. Especially the older guys have taken the younger guys in," said Rocco Grimaldi, the Panthers second round pick (33rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. "Everyone is respectful of everyone and it feels like brothership already. We've only been here a couple of days so that's great to see."

"It's great to come here," said Huberdeau. "Come here and meet all the guys. There's older guys and younger guys. It's good to do that in July. It's a great experience to come here and be ready for the rookie camp.

While the prospects are learning to become pros on and off the ice this week, they are keeping in mind that they are trying to make an impression in front of the coach's and scout's eyes. With Tallon saying that there was some spots on the roster open for the young players, development camp is one way to go a long way to making the opening night lineup.

"I'm a young guy so any time I come here, I'm soaking up whatever is shown to me. The competition is one thing," said Erik Gudbranson, the Panthers first pick (third overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. "At main camp, I'm going to be extremely excited to skate with all those pros."

The fun/workouts continue with some off ice workouts Wednesday before more on-ice workouts both Thursday and Friday mornings (9am start). Both on-ice days are open to the public.

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Following practice, 2010 first round pick Erik Gudbranson (3rd overall) was asked about the Panthers and all of the moves they made to help their team before and during free agency. Gudbranson was paying attention to the moves and was extremely excited about two of the  moves.

"Obviously it's amazing," said Gudbranson. "Being able to turn on TSN up in Ottawa and look down at the tidbits at the bottom (of the screen) and they picked up Ed Jovanovski who is by far one of my favorite defensemen growing up. It's someone you can model your game after and definitely look up to.

"I was really excited when we picked up Matt Bradley. I've been skating with him for the last couple of years. He's a seasoned vet. He's great with the young guys."

Dineen Already Looking Ahead
While it's only July and the opening night roster won't be set for probably another three months, head coach Kevin Dineen was asked about the prospects of a depth chart. While he hasn't thought of that, he has certainly thought about line combinations.

Another thing that he was asked about was the captaincy. That will be determined once the team convenes for training camp in September.

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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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