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Free Agency Look: Left Wingers

Wednesday, 06.27.2012 / 5:00 PM ET / News
By Joseph Beguiristain  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Free Agency Look: Left Wingers

With the start of free agency around the corner, starting on July 1st, FloridaPanthers.com looks at some of the top free agents at their prospective positions. After last summer's haul in Free Agency to help the team win their first Division title in franchise history, will the Panthers add any of the below players to help in their defense of the Southeast crown. (Rankings based off of CBSSports.com's Eye on Hockey staff)

Left Winger

Winger Zach Parise has scored 30-plus goals five times in his career.

Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils)

After an injury plagued season in 2010-2011, Zach Parise had a solid bounce back year in 2011-2012. He tallied 69 points, which was good enough for third on the team and also had 15 multi-point games for the Devils last season.

The biggest "fish" in the field from an offensive perspective, the Devils captain has stated that he wants to remain in New Jersey, but the Devils might not be able to keep him.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up.

Ray Whitney (Phoenix Coyotes)

The 40-year-old Whitney turned back the clock in 2011-2012 as he posted his best season in three years when he had the exact same number of points, assists, and goals. He totaled 77 points (53 assists and 24 goals) and also had a rating of plus-26.

Andrei Kostitsyn (Nashville Predators)

In his first season with the Nashville Predators, Andrei Kostitsyn totaled 36 points including 16 goals and 20 assists. He also contributed five power play and five game winners.

Dustin Penner (Los Angeles Kings)

Penner played in 65 games last season due to injury and only tallied 17 points. He had one of his worst seasons statistically during the regular season. Penner stepped it up in the playoffs as he recorded 11 points (eight assists) in 20 games for the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings.

The Kings want to bring him back.

Ryan Smith (Edmonton Oilers)

Smyth had a pretty productive season for the Edmonton Oilers last season. He had 46 points including 19 goals and 27 assists. This may seem great, but keep in mind that 24 points came in the first 22 games. Smyth tailed off towards the end of the season, but you can’t take away what he accomplished as he has scored 20-plus goals 11 times during his career.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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