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Panthers Prospects Ranked No. 1 By ESPN.COM

Huberdeau, Bjugstad, Howden, Petrovic & Matheson Among Cats Elite Prospects

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 4:30 PM ET / News
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Panthers Prospects Ranked No. 1 By ESPN.COM

SUNRISE, FL – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that the Florida Panthers prospects were ranked No. 1 in ESPN.COM’s organizational rankings that evaluate the developmental system of every NHL team to see which pipelines are supplying a steady stream of talent. It marks the second consecutive year that the Panthers have been ranked No. 1 by ESPN.COM in the prospect rankings.

Click here to view ESPN.COM article written by Grant Sonier.


1. Florida Panthers (Previous Ranking: 1)

The Panthers have elite prospects and plenty of them. The offensive-minded Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John-QMJHL) heads up a list of players who have a chance to make an impact in the near future. Fellow forwards Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw-WHL) and Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota-NCAA) are joined by defensemen Alex Petrovic (Red Deer-WHL) and Michael Matheson (Dubuque-USHL) -- this year's first-round selection -- to form a quality group of up-and-coming talents.

Sleeper Prospect: Alexander Delnov, LW, (RUS) (fourth round/2012) His effort is first-rate and his talent is better than the average fourth-rounder. I can see him being a steal down the line.

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