HOCKEY GM ADVICE: Team Power Rankings #15

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Team Power Rankings: Florida Panthers #15

 

The Florida Panthers had a heart-breaking season last year, missing the playoffs by one single point. This team hasn’t lost many players this offseason, and adding a top 6 goal scorer in Mike Hoffman. Their was a lot of negative feedback about acquiring him after the Karlsson dilemma. But putting politics aside, Hoffman can flat out play, and adding him to their top 6 makes them have a top two lines that can compete with the best in the league.

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Rookie Henrik Borgstrom is expected to make the team this year, along with a full time role for Dennis Malgin (who I personally think will be huge if given the minutes). Adding these two to the roster will give them some additional scoring in the bottom 6 along with the youth speed that comes with it!

The team boasts a pretty good tandem of long time superstar Roberto Lugongo and James Reimer. As long as these two can remain healthy they should not have a problem with goaltending this season.

Where I think this team is hurting is on the back end. With Ekblad and Yandle on the top pairing, the bottom two pairings in my eyes are not the strongest. But they should be strong enough to help the team return to the playoffs!

This will be an exciting team to watch next season with the top 6 being Dadanov – Barkov – Bjugstad and Huberdeau – Trocheck – Hoffman.  

The Florida Panthers will be a playoff team next season!

 

18/19 predictions:

Goals: Trocheck 35

Assists: Barkov 58

Points: Barkov 89