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Panthers season preview: Tkachuk provides grit to gifted crew

The 2022-23 NHL season begins Oct. 7. With coaching camps opening quickly, NHL.com is looking on the three keys, the within scoop on roster questions, and the projected lineup for every of the 32 groups. Right this moment, the Florida Panthers.

Coach: Paul Maurice (first season)

Final season: 58-18-6, first place in Atlantic Division; misplaced to Tampa Bay Lightning in Japanese Convention Second Spherical

3 KEYS

1. Tkachuk’s grit

The Panthers acquired ahead Matthew Tkachuk in a commerce with the Calgary Flames for ahead Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on July 22. Tkachuk had 104 factors and Huberdeau had 115 factors final season, however basic supervisor Invoice Zito stated July 25 that Tkachuk’s hard-nosed, edgy fashion of play is what the Panthers want. “It is not a secret that a few of the attributes that Matthew brings are areas of the sport that we may use collectively in our group.”

2. Maurice’s impact

Playoff success has been a difficulty for the Panthers, and so they’re hoping that adjustments with Maurice, who was named coach June 22, changing Andrew Brunette, who led the Panthers to a 51-18-6 file after he changed Joel Quenneville seven video games into the season. Maurice is 775-680-130 with 99 ties in 25 NHL seasons. He led the Winnipeg Jets to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 straight seasons from 2017-21, together with reaching the 2018 Western Convention Remaining. He resigned Dec. 17, saying the Jets wanted a brand new voice. The Panthers have loads of expertise in place. Maybe Maurice’s expertise places them excessive within the postseason.

3. Bobrovsky returning to kind

Sergei Bobrovsky went 39-7-3 with a 2.67 goals-against common, .913 save share and three shutouts in 54 video games (53 begins), his finest season with the Panthers since signing a seven-year contract July 1, 2019. That is the Bobrovsky the Panthers want extra of going ahead.

ROSTER RUNDOWN

making the lower

There could possibly be openings on the second, third and fourth ahead traces following the departures of Huberdeau, and free brokers claude-giroux (Ottawa Senators), Noël Acciari (St.Louis Blues), Mason Marching (Dallas Stars) and Maxim Mamin (Kontinental Hockey League). ahead Anthony Duclair may even be out till midseason after having surgical procedure to restore an Achilles tendon damage in July. Nick Cousins, Colin White and Rudolfs Balcers, who every signed as a free agent, are within the combine. On protection, there are openings left by Weegar and free agent Ben Chiarot (Detroit Purple Wings). Lucas Carlson and Marc Staalwho signed with Florida on July 13, are potentialities.

Most intriguing addition

Tkachuk stated he needed to return to Florida for the possibility to win not solely now however sooner or later, and he’ll be counted on to deliver the massive numbers he had with the Flames. It ought to assist that he is conversant in a number of forwards, together with Ryan Lomber and Sam Bennett, every former Flames. The query is can the left wing discover the identical chemistry with middle Alexander Barkov and proper wing Sam Reinhart (assuming he is on the highest line) he had with Elijah Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau final season in Calgary.

Greatest potential shock

Can Carlsson turn out to be a extra constant presence within the lineup? The 25-year-old had 9 factors (three targets, six assists) in 40 video games with Florida final season. He has performed in 58 profession NHL video games with the Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks.

prepared to interrupt by

It is a powerful one with the Panthers, contemplating the expertise on the roster, however ahead Anton Levchi may get a great look in coaching camp. The 26-year-old, who signed with Florida on June 14, led Liiga, the highest league in Finland, with 61 factors (26 targets, 35 assists) in 55 video games for Tappara. The Panthers misplaced some scoring with their offseason strikes, and if Levtchi has a great camp, maybe he makes a splash.

fantasy sleeper

Carter VerhaegheLW (fantasy common draft place: 175.0) — He led the Panthers with 12 factors (six targets, six assists), all at even power, in 10 video games within the Stanley Cup Playoffs final season. Verhaeghe was tied for third within the NHL in even-strength factors by the primary two rounds of the playoffs behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and stays a fantasy sleeper with possible publicity to at the very least one elite ahead in Barkov and/or Tkachuk. –Anna Dua

PROJECTED LINEUP

Matthew Tkachuk — Aleksander Barkov — Sam Reinhart

Carter Verhaeghe — Sam Bennett — Patric Hornqvist

Ryan Lomberg — Anton Lundell –Colin White

Nick Cousins ​​– Eetu Luostarinen –Rudolfs Balcers

Gustav ForslingAaron Eckblad

Marc Staal — Radko Gudas

Lucas Carlsson– Brandon Montur

Sergei Bobrovsky

Spencer Knight

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