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Free Agency Look: Centers

Thursday, 06.28.2012 / 4:00 PM ET / News
By Joseph Beguiristain  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Free Agency Look: Centers

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)

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Red Wings center Jiri Hudler

Jiri Hudler (Detroit Red Wings)

Jiri Hudler has played his entire NHL career for the Detroit Red Wings. As a restricted free agent in 2009, Hudler filed for arbitration and played a year for the Dynamo Moscow of the KHL. This off-season he is an unrestricted free agent and has free reign on the market.

The Czech born player had 50 points with a plus-ten rating for the Red Wings last season. He is a sharp-shooter who recorded a career-high 25 goals and will improve a team in more ways than one. Hudler also has a Stanley Cup to his credit, which he won in 2008.

Olli Jokinen (Calgary Flames)

Last season, the former Florida Panther had his best season since leaving Florida. Despite playing injured the majority of the season, Jokinen had 61 points, with 23 goals and 38 assists for the Calgary Flames. Jokinen has had 50 or more points the past nine seasons.

Jokinen had surgery in May for an abdominal tear that didn’t keep him out of any games. Jokinen is a tough, old school player who could be an offensive add for any team.

Paul Gaustad (Nashville Predators)

Paul Gaustad, an eighth-year vet, is a serviceable, gritty forward that can win face-offs for a club needing a bottom-six center. The 29-year-old tallied 21 points in 70 games in a season split between Buffalo and Nashville.

Kyle Wellwood (Winnipeg Jets)

Kyle Wellwood proved to be a spark in his first season with the Winnipeg Jets. In 77 games, he totaled 47 points with a rating of plus-three. He is coming off a broken foot he suffered towards the end of last season.

Jason Arnott (St Louis Blues)

The 38-year-old Arnott proved he still had some left in the tank after a solid 2011-2012 season with the St Louis Blues. In 72 games, Arnott had 17 goals and 17 assists for a total of 34 points. Arnott, in fact, has recorded 17 goals in all but two of his 18-year career which shows that he's a nice complemental scoring threat for any team that signs him.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 56 27 25 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 125 151 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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