Sunday, September 12, 2010
2010-11 Preview: Florida Panthers
2010-11 Prediction 14th Eastern Conference
The Panthers hope to have better days ahead, as GM Dale Tallon has publically stated he hopes to replicate the success he had in building Chicago's roster here in south Florida. In the meantime, on-ice success figures to be few and far between as this team has been on the cusp of a playoff spot the past few years, but just haven't been able to get it done. I see no reason that this will the season they turn that around. There are some bright spots for anyone that understands hockey in Miami. David Booth (returning from injury), Stephen Weiss, and Michael Frolik lead the group of forwards. Bryan McCabe leads a no-name defense, and will also continue to wear the "C" for this group. Between the pipes, Tomas Vokoun gives this team a puncher's chance to win every night, but in the end it seems that Florida will miss the playoffs again. That surely will make Dale Tallon happy, as the key to his plans lay in the high picks of the next few drafts.
Player to Watch: LW David Booth