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Upping His Game

Forward Scottie Upshall tied career high for points in a month following coaching change.

Monday, 12.2.2013 / 9:30 AM ET / News
By Alexandra Maass  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Upping His Game

Panthers forward Scottie Upshall is no stranger to Peter Horachek behind the bench. After spending a couple of years together in the Nashville organization, Upshall has taken advantage of the familiar face, and has been on fire since Horachek took as interim head coach in early November.

After a slow start to the season, lately Upshall has upped his game and even matched a career high for points in a single month. There, he’s recorded 12 points in the 14 November games (6-6-12) including points in each of the last three games (2-1-3). He also recorded 12 points in 15 games in December, 2009. That followed an October in which he recorded two assists 10 games.

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to come out and prove myself and be better,” he said recently. “I just think right now some things are working, I’m getting some bounces, I’m playing hard, I’m just trying to do the right things.”

Upshall, who began his pro career in the AHL with Horachek as head coach in Milwaukee, has a positive outlook on the changes for the team.

“I feel there’s a responsibility on me to be able to help our group understand where Peter’s coming from,” said Upshall.

And with that, Upshall’s game has taken on a leadership role, being one of the team’s alternate captains over the last few weeks.

“Since I've been here, Scott's work ethic, he's been a leader, he's been outspoken in the locker room,” said Horachek. “He's been in our leadership group. He's done a good job on the ice so I take from what they are doing and he's earned the time he has been playing. He's put the work in.”

The familiarities amongst the system Horachek had in Nashville and what he brings to the Panthers, have certainly helped Upshall’s reemergence.

“There’s light, there’s new opportunities, and there’s chances for everyone to get on board and be better,” said Upshall. “He demands that everyone is accountable.

“It’s a system that’s in place to play hard, first off and foremost, to come out and put forth hard work every night. And then play fast, play a north style of game.”

And that’s something that Upshall has appreciated.

“When you’re name is called you step out on the ice, you work hard and you have short shifts and you do the right things and you play the game the right way, or you’re not going to play.”

The veteran player knows what it takes to have to put in the effort to get the results they want as a team.

“I think that system and attitude is there to make us better and to get the best out of the group we have,” he said.

Upshall’s confidence has boosted on the ice, and now with having a familiar face behind the bench in Horachek, he’s bound to continue his success. The forward leads the Panthers in points with 14.

“We got guys here that have a lot of upside. We got a lot of young, good players that are going to be better professionals and better pros in the short term and in the long term.”

As for the team, Upshall says, “everyone here has to do things the right way, and I think if we believe in the system, we have a goaltender that is going to be able to keep us in games every night. We have young talent that are going to get better. And then, all of us who are here who have been here for a couple years, guys like [Boyes] and [Winchester] who just got here this year, they have something to buy in for now.”

The new coaches and new system is a breath of fresh air and Upshall is one of the Panthers mostly benefiting.

“I think Peter and [Skrudland] and [Madden] are all guys open to us going in and saying something to them whether we disagree with it,” said Upshall. “They’re going to take what you have to say and they’re going to talk to you about it.”




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


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
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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