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Shawn Thornton | Winger

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
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Shawn Thornton and Garrett Wilson will be scratched from Saturday's match with the Rangers.
While Wilson has 20 blocks through six games this season, and Thornton has 35 PIMs through 11 games, neither factor into a Panthers' team trying to not only be faster and more skillful but make the playoffs. Nov 21 - 6:53 PM

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Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 38-year-old has no points in 10 games this season. He's nothing more than a veteran enforcer at this point. Garrett Wilson will also Monday's game from the press box.
Nov 16 - 7:33 PM

Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer will be scratched Tuesday night against the Flames.

Unfortunately, neither Thornton nor Kampfer own any potential fantasy value. Kampfer has seen but one game this season, which Thornton has managed to accumulate just 11 hits and 16 PIMs in nine games.
Nov 10 - 7:32 PM

Shawn Thornton fought Michael Haley during the opening minutes of Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.

Well you don't see these sorts of shenanigans much anymore. Not even three minutes in, and Thornton and Haley were wailing on each other's faces. Go find a highlight if you'd like to live in a bit of nostalgia. He now has 16 PIMs through eight games.
Nov 6 - 2:32 AM

Shawn Thornton, of all people, will be Aleksander Barkov's replacement on Saturday against the Stars.

That's not entirely fair to Thornton as the Panthers are short on possible replacements in general, let alone for the uber talented Barkov. Thornton does have nine PIMs through three games, but is no longer the fountain of tough guy stats he used to be.
Source: Steven Hunt
Oct 24 - 7:25 PM

It appears that Coach Gallant will opt to not make any lineup changes Tuesday night against Pittsburgh.

With all due respect, but when the options are Shawn Thornton, Steven Kampfer, and Dylan Olsen, it's not surprising Gallant has opted to keep his lineup in tact. None of these three are expected to contribute much to a Panthers team gunning for a playoff slot.
Source: Wes Crosby
Oct 20 - 7:30 PM

Shawn Thornton is expected to play on the fourth line Saturday night when the Panthers host the Philadelphia Flyers.

He will skate with Quinton Howden and Derek MacKenzie. That would place Connor Brickley in the press box, but it doesn't sound like he will be there for very long. Thornton will probably have to battle his younger Panther teammates for playing time this season.
Oct 9 - 8:38 AM

Shawn Thornton isn't sure what his future holds after the 2015-16 season, but right now he is open to continuing his career.

"Honestly, I don't know," said Thornton, who has one year remaining on his current contract. "I'm OK either way. I'm going on my 19th year pro, I think, and for my job, I'm very happy with what's happened over my career and I'm OK if I have to shut 'er down. If I have a tough year and that's it, then so be it, but if I happen to have a good year and things work out and somebody wants to give me a paycheck for another year, I'm more than happy to [continue playing]." Thornton dropped the gloves just six times in 46 appearances last season, but he can still play an energy role as a fourth liner even without the fighting.
Aug 17 - 10:43 AM

Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer will be scratched against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Thornton has seen just 43 games this season with 50 PIMs and 90 hits. Kampfer meanwhile has posted four points, 12 PIMs, 32 blocks, and 46 hits through just 23 games from the blue line. It will be his third straight from the stands.
Apr 4 - 5:47 PM

Forward Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch again when the Florida Panthers visit the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

It will be the second consecutive scratch for Thornton, who has notched only four points through 41 games this season.
Mar 28 - 6:52 PM

Shawn Thornton, Steven Kampfer, and Sam Brittain will each be scratched against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Thornton has produced just four points, 48 PIMs, and 87 hits through 41 games this season. Meanwhile, Kampfer meanwhile has posted three points, 28 blocks, and 43 hits over 21 games from Florida's blue line. Not too shabby if you're looking for tough guy production in a pinch.
Mar 24 - 7:34 PM

Shawn Thornton played in his 600th NHL game on Saturday night.

What was probably even more special for Thornton is that it came against his former team, the Boston Bruins. The 37-year-old tough guy will never be confused with a big-time point scorer (92 points scored in his career) but he does have an impressive 954 penalty minutes to his name.
Mar 22 - 10:09 AM

Shawn Thornton, Tomas Kopecky, and Alex Petrovic will be scratched against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Only Thornton has much of any fantasy value between the three players. He's produced 48 PIMs and 80 hits in 39 games this season. Petrovic though has had a nice season with 21 blocks and 45 hits through 21 games.
Mar 17 - 6:57 PM

Shawn Thornton, Tomas Kopecky, and Alex Petrovic will be scratched against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Of the three, only Thornton has a modicum of fantasy value. Through 39 games this season, the bruising forward has 48 PIMs and 80 hits. Though Petrovic's value appears to be rising, he's only accumulated 21 blocks and 45 hits through 21 games this season.
Mar 14 - 6:19 PM

Shawn Thornton will be scratched versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

The Panthers sit just two points shy of the Bruins for the final playoff slot in the East, so it's no wonder why Thornton won't see the ice. The 37 year old enforcer has just a goal, three points, and 48 PIMs, and 73 hits in 36 games this season.
Mar 3 - 7:31 PM

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C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Connor Brickley
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Shawn Thornton
5Logan Shaw
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Dylan Olsen
7Alex Petrovic
8Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya