This series will cover all thirty teams and go over the most important player, and player who’s performance most needs to improve to help the team succeed.
With such a vast gulf between their existing team and even the salary floor, it is hardly surprising the Florida Panthers are one of the most changed teams of the off season. Gone is Tomas Vokoun, in are handful of former champions, vagabonds and one presumes training camp will see one or more prospects make the team. The new comers are going to not only have to help win, but teach their new team how to win. Mike Santorelli and Dmitry Kulikov who were key to what success the Sunrise gang had last season will be looking forward to the next level play.
For Brian Campbell, it’s time to put up or shutup. He got one of the richest contracts in the NHL a couple years back and has continually been over shadowed. While no one who’s seen him healthy and engaged can doubt he’s got the goods to be a high end defenseman, it has been a bit since that was a reality. Last year in sixty five games he scored just eight more points than he did during his twenty game stint with the Sharks before signing with the Blackhawks.
Kris Versteeg. While undeniably talented and a solid top six forward on twenty teams in the league recent history doesn’t provide much clue as to what we should expect from him. In Toronto he was a top 3 forward, by the time the Flyers crapped out in the second round against the Boston Bruins, the NHL’s most famous white rapper was producing like a thirteenth forward. He turned in the worst playoff performance of his career. Then too is his traveling routine. The Panthers became his fifth team since being drafted.