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Free Agency Look: Left Wingers

Wednesday, 06.27.2012 / 5:00 PM / 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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 49 32 14 3 130 111 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 50 28 14 8 145 129 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 50 25 15 10 147 129 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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