Record: 58-18-6 122p (1st in Atlantic and NHL)
Playoffs: Lost in Semi-Finals to TB
F – Claude Giroux (OTT), Noel Acciari (STL), D – Ben Chiarot (DET), F – Mason Marchment (DAL), D – Markus Nutivaara (SJ), Interim Head Coach Andrew Brunette, F – Joanthan Huberdeau (Trade – CAL), D – MacKenzie Weegar (Trade – CAL)
Head Coach Paul Maurice, D – Marc Staal, F – Colin White, F – Nick Cousins, F – Eric Staal (PTO), D – Michael Del Zotto, F – Matthew Tkachuk
After having one of the best seasons in franchise history, the Florida Panthers will look to build upon that success as they look to elevate their game to become considered one of the elite teams in the NHL. They will be doing so though with a new voice behind the bench as Paul Maurice takes over after stepping down in Winnipeg mid last season. Maurice will also become the third coach behind the bench in the past year for the Panthers.
Also coming to the Panthers is forward Matthew Tkachuk who came to Florida in a big blockbuster trade with Calgary that saw both Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar go to the Flames. It’ll be interesting to see how that’ll impact the Panthers especially since they lost additional key players like Claude Giroux, Mason Marchment, and Ben Chiarot. Anthony Duclair will also be missing time due to injury.
This will be a big season for the Panthers as they look to take that next step forward.