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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 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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