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Florida Panthers

NHL 14: Florida Panthers Guide

Written By: JCol32

Florida Panthers

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Founded: 1993

Championships: 0

 

History:

The southernmost teams in the NHL, the Florida Panthers have been one of the least successful franchises in League history since their arrival in 1993. They have made one appearance in the Stanley Cup finals, which came back in 1996.

 

Overview:

The Florida Panthers, a team two years removed from a playoff appearance, will look to return to their winning ways. 2nd overall pick Aleksander Barkov could push to make the team this winter. Led by a young forward core consisting of Shawn Matthias, Tomas Kopecky, Jonathan Huberdeau, Sean Bergenheim, and Bobby Butler, the Panthers will go through some growing pains this year. Brian Campbell, Ed Jovanovski, Dmitry Kulikov, and Erik Gudbranson will lead the way on the back end for Florida. Youngster Jacob Markstrom could push for the starting spot in net this season. I would not expect a lot out of the Panthers this year but who knows, nobody expected it two years ago. Anything can happen.

 

How to Play as the Panthers:

The Panthers are a team built on youngsters. You will be playing with many inexperienced players. Jonathan Huberdeau will be your best chance at scoring. Look for your scoring to come from a team effort with balanced scoring. There is no superstar in Florida at the moment. Markstrom is very young and talented, but also inexperienced and will most likely not have a great overall in NHL 14 so be careful.

 

Fun Fact:

Pavel Bure, also known as the Russian Rocket scored the most goals in a season ever for the Florida Panthers in 2001 by lighting the lamp 59 times.

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