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Panthers Future Kicks Off Season As Rookie Camp Opens

Thursday, 09.05.2013 / 6:29 PM / News
By Alexandra Maass  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Future Kicks Off Season As Rookie Camp Opens

After months away from the ice, hockey was officially back at the Saveology.com Iceplex and it was the future that kicked things off as the Panthers prospects hit the ice for the start of Prospects Camp. The team’s younger players took action and showed their skills at the JetBlue Training Facility, ultimately aiming for a spot on the opening night roster.

“It’s really good to see them playing out here,” said San Antonio coach Peter Horachek who will lead the young players in their three-day Prospect Tournament starting on Friday against Nashville. “These guys—they’re enthusiastic, they play at a pretty good pace, and there’s some really good size out there.”

Although the Panthers are being cautious with 2013 second overall pick Aleksander Barkov, he was on the ice at today’s practice. Barkov may not be playing in this weekend’s prospect tournament, but the 6-foot-3 center certainly showed his talent and strong left-handed shot in the first official session.

Other notable players during rookie camp included Quinton Howden who scored on a couple of nice shootout moves, and the Ontario Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Player Vincent Trocheck. Coming off a great season split between the Saginaw Spirit and Plymouth Whalers, Trocheck showed a lot of promise to be a dominating force on offense. Totaling 109 points last season in the OHL, including hitting the 50 goal plateau (50-59-109), Trocheck also received the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the OHL’s top scorer. That was something he reflected on when asked by the media about it but it was just a step for the first year pro.

“It was an honor to say I scored 50 goals,” said Trocheck.

There is a huge opportunity for him this season, so he has been working during the off-season to get to the next level of play, and prove himself during this upcoming tournament.

“I love the off-season. I’m one of those guys that loves to be at the gym,” said Trocheck. “I love to go home and work on things.”

Also in camp was Alex Gudbranson. Panthers fans will easily recognize the last name. The younger brother of Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson, Alex was asked to attend rookie camp on a tryout, and said that whether or not his brother was on the team, he couldn’t turn down an offer from the NHL.

“He’s Erik and I’m Alex, we’re two different guys,” said the younger Gudbranson, “I’m hoping they’ll be able to see that.”

An hour-and-a-half long practice wrapped up with a shootout before the team. Friday, they’ll start round-robin play against the Predators (6pm) before taking on Boston (4pm, Saturday) and Tampa Bay (4pm, Sunday).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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