Player News - Panthers

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Logan Hutsko was chosen in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Florida Panthers.

Hutsko has overcome some big injuries early in his hockey career. He broke his neck while playing for the U.S. National Under-18 team and after he managed to return from that he sustained a fractured kneecap. However, Hutsko was back on the ice for his freshman campaign at Boston College in 2017-18 and he led the team in scoring with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 37 contests. His perseverance has paid off and now he's an NHL prospect of the Panthers.
Jun 24 - 10:37 AM

Serron Noel has been chosen with the 34th pick by the Florida Panthers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Many experts had Noel as one of the best prospects remaining after the first round. With Noel, the first thing you’ll notice about him is his size as he stands at 6-foot-5, 205-pounds. That body allows him to natural fit into a power forward role and he did play that kind of game in 2017-18 with 28 goals, 53 points, and 61 penalty minutes in 62 contests with OHL Oshawa. He can go hard at the net and has soft hands, making him more than just a big player. He needs to shoot the puck more though and he’s not always effective so there’s definitely work to be done here. Still, the potential here for skill coupled with size makes him an appealing ‘what if.’
Jun 23 - 11:32 AM

Grigori Denisenko might end up coming to North America next season.

Denisenko was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He played in the Russian junior league in 2017-18 where he scored nine goals and 22 points in 31 contests. He's signed in Russia for another two seasons, but despite that there's a chance that he'll get out of the contract and play in the Canadian Hockey League instead. He also said he believes that he could compete for a spot with the Panthers in 2018-19, but it would be surprising if he ended up as a regular at the NHL level that quickly.
Jun 23 - 4:45 AM

The Florida Panthers selected Grigori Denisenko with the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

There’s no denying that Denisenko has the necessary skill to play at the next level, but whether or not he can develop into a consistent threat is another question. The Russian winger has talent, soft hands and great offensive instincts. Still, he didn’t exactly light up the Russian Junior League, as he accumulated nine goals and 22 points in 31 games. Denisenko also has to work on staying disciplined, as he’s racked up 59 and 30 penalty minutes in his last two MHL seasons. He’ll need a lot of work before he becomes a finished product, but the risk certainly seems to be worth the potential reward in this case.
Jun 22 - 9:14 PM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon is confident Mike Hoffman will fit into the team's locker room.

Erik Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed an order of protection against Hoffman's fiancee, Monika Caryk, for allegedly cyber-bullying her. The Senators traded Hoffman shortly after that news came out and Senators GM Pierre Dorion said on Thursday that he had to make the trade because "our dressing room was broken." Tallon seems to believe that adding Hoffman won't result in the same issues in Florida though. "I’m real confident we have a strong locker room," Tallon said. "We have a great core of young players. All the conversations, I’m very confident he will be embraced by our team. We have a great culture down there now starting at the top with [Panthers owner] Vinnie Viola and all the way down. We’ve developed a real strong culture. We’re very confident about this player fitting in nicely. I know a lot of people that know him. I know a lot of players that know him and I have no issues and no problem with him coming into our team."
Jun 22 - 6:16 AM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion admitted that he had no choice but to trade forward Mike Hoffman.

Dorion's quote is rather interesting: "We had to trade Mike Hoffman. Our dressing room was broken." He's alluding to the fact that Erik Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed an order of protection against Hoffman's fiancee, Monika Caryk, for allegedly cyber-bullying her. The fact that Hoffman had to be traded was obvious to everyone, which is why the Sens got a less than stellar return for the 28-year-old Hoffman, who is now a member of the Florida Panthers.
Jun 21 - 3:17 PM

Mike Hoffman is slated to play on Florida's second line next season.

Hoffman is viewed as a fit for Vincent Trocheck's wing and he's expected to bolster Florida's power play. His 21 points on the man advantage led the Ottawa Senators last year. A key to the success of the trade will be how well Hoffman fits in the room, though, after the cyberbullying controversy that led to Ottawa making the decision to send him elsewhere. Aleksander Barkov and Roberto Luongo, who are in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, voiced their support for the move, which is a good sign. "I'm sure he'll fit right in. We'll welcome him. I'm not worried about that stuff," said Luongo. "I think it'll take care of itself. That fact that our group is so strong and close-knit, I think it'll work out well."
Jun 20 - 10:16 AM

Florida GM Dale Tallon spoke with some Panthers players and received "no pushback at all" before making the move to acquire Mike Hoffman.

Tallon also consulted with senior advisor Chris Pronger and director of player personnel Bryan McCabe, who both have ties to Hoffman. He's a controversial pickup because his fiancee, Monika Caryk, allegedly harassed Melinda Karlsson, who is the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson. Tallon mentioned putting that issue in the past, but there are still investigations ongoing. Hoffman and Caryk have denied the allegations.
Jun 19 - 4:15 PM

Mike Hoffman thought he would be traded eventually and he's looking forward to join the Florida Panthers.

"I didn't really know what to expect and where I was going to go," said Hoffman, who is vacationing in Italy. "I'm really excited and looking forward to joining the Florida Panthers. I've always thought they had a really good team and they've been pretty close with young talent. I'm really excited to join them and help them to make that next step." Hoffman could be paired with Florida second-line center Vincent Trocheck in 2018-19.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 19 - 1:26 PM

San Jose has dealt Mike Hoffman to the Florida Panthers.

Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick will head to the Panthers in exchange for Florida's 2019 second-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round selection and a 2018 fifth-round draft choice. The Sharks acquired Hoffman from the Senators earlier this morning along with Cody Donaghey and a fifth-round pick in 2020 in exchange for Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman and a sixth-round pick in 2020.
Jun 19 - 10:57 AM

Mike Hoffman has been traded to the San Jose Sharks.

The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft from San Jose in exchange for Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and Ottawa’s fifth-round pick in 2020. Hoffman scored 22 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season amid plenty of trade rumors.
Jun 19 - 8:42 AM

Jonathan Ang will turn pro next year and he's expected to start with the AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds.

Ang was a fourth-round pick of Florida in the 2016 NHL Draft. "Can just fly up and down the ice, really dangerous on the penalty kill," Panthers director of player personnel Bryan McCabe said. "Needs to improve his strength over the summer, he's kind of thin up top, but he's a guy turning pro this year that will hopefully push some guys for ice time and step into the organization here and have some more depth also." Ang produced 25 goals and 70 points in 65 games for Peterborough and Sarnia this past season.
Jun 17 - 12:59 PM

Patrick Bajkov is slated to spend the majority of the 2018-19 in the minors and add some organizational depth.

Bajkov, who signed with the Florida Panthers as an undrafted free agent, accounted for 33 goals and 100 points in 72 games for Everett of the WHL last season. He also added 23 points in 22 playoff matches. "Very responsible away from the puck, can contribute offensively, very eager to get his pro career started," said Panthers director of player personnel Bryan McCabe. "We're lucky to have him. Really happy with that signing."
Jun 17 - 12:25 PM

Mike Hoffman and his fiancee, Monika Caryk, denied cyberbullying Melinda Karlsson in an interview on Friday.

"We feel compassion and awful for what Erik and Melinda have had to deal with," Hoffman said. "I don't really think it's correct to be blamed for something without having proof. In this world, you're innocent until proven guilty. It hasn't been easy. You don't wish this upon anyone. The comments were, and have been horrendous, and we haven't had a chance to defend ourselves until this point." Erik Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed an application for an order of protection from Caryk claiming that she was responsible for online harassment that lasted for most of the 2017-18 NHL season. No charges have been filed against Caryk, but there is an investigation that is already underway.
Jun 17 - 11:24 AM

Riley Stillman will join the professional ranks next season.

The 20-year-old played in the Memorial Cup with Hamilton last season, after he was traded from OHL Oshawa. He managed to put up 34 points in 62 games in 2017-18, but he projects as more of a defensive defenseman at the next level. "He went to a team where he was put in a role that we see him at the next level, which is more of a shutdown, hard-to-play-against guy who will give you some secondary offense," Panthers director of player personnel Bryan McCabe said. "He absolutely thrived in Hamilton. His game took off. He played against all the best players in the league, matched up against all the best lines and really made it hard for them to produce." Look for him to begin his pro career at the AHL level.
Jun 16 - 9:52 AM


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