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Panthers Rank No. 33 in ESPN Ultimate Team Rankings


Panthers rank No. 10 in NHL and No. 2 in South Florida


Monday, 09.10.2012 / 4:00 PM ET / News
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Panthers Rank No. 33 in ESPN Ultimate Team Rankings\u2028

RED Rising: Cats earn biggest ranking jump of any franchise

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Florida Panthers ranked No. 33 in ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Team Ranking of the 122 NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL franchises. 
 


The Panthers – coming off a Southeast Division Championship and with their RED Rising marketing campaign signifying one of the NHL’s hottest franchises – ranked No. 10 in the NHL and No. 2 in South Florida behind the NBA Champion Miami Heat, who came in at No. 31 overall. The Cats rose the most of any franchise from 2011 to 2012, improving from No. 111 to No. 33.
 


The ranking was based on eight different factors including: Bang For The Buck, Fan Relations, Ownership, Affordability, Stadium Experience, Players, Coaching and Title Track.
 


“This ranking is indicative of the incredible success and growth the Florida Panthers organization has experienced in nearly every facet of our business,” said Panthers president & COO Michael R. Yormark. “With the support of our owner Cliff Viner and his partners, we have worked hard not only to achieve success on the ice, but also to improve our customer service, in-arena experience and community outreach. So this great ranking is a testament to the hard work of many people throughout our franchise. 
 


“I’d also like to congratulate the Miami Heat on their No. 1 ranking in the region and the success they have achieved in representing the incredible sports market we have here in South Florida.”
 


The Panthers improved in every single category utilized by ESPN highlighted by solid increases in Coaching, Fan Relations, Players, Ownership, Affordability, Stadium Experience, and more. 
 


The Panthers are set to open the 2012-13 season Oct. 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and will raise a Southeast Division Championship banner in a pre-game ceremony. Select lower-bowl season tickets are available for as low as $30 now, along with single-game tickets, by calling 954-835-PUCK or clicking to FloridaPanthers.com.
 


Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and internationally recognized concerts and events, the Broward County-owned BB&T Center is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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