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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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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