Digging In On Erik Gudbranson’s Extension

On Monday, the Florida Panthers announced that they had signed Erik Gudbranson to a one year contract extension. Terms were not announced by the team, but quickly appeared on CapFriendly and GeneralFanager: Gudbranson will make $3.5 million next year. As Florida makes a turn towards a more analytical model, I thought it might be interesting […]

College Cats: 2015-16 Preview Edition

We may all be eagerly watching the OHL this season, with two of Florida’s most exciting forward prospects in Juho Lammikko and Lawson Crouse reuniting for the Kingston Frontenacs, but there’s another place you should be looking if you want to keep up on the prospects who haven’t joined the pro ranks yet: college hockey. In this […]

Mike Matheson is not Player X (and that’s okay)

When I first pitched a piece on Mike Matheson, Florida’s first round pick (23rd Overall) in the 2012 draft, my intention was to try to manage expectations. Unlike other recent first rounders in Huberdeau, Barkov, and Ekblad, Matheson has always been much less of a sure thing. That first draft of this piece opened with: Mike […]

Prospect Showdown – Grimaldi vs Rau

Every time someone suggests that Rocco Grimaldi is a lock for the team next season, I remind them, “Don’t count out Kyle Rau.” I’ve sent people multiple mock lineups for next season that include Rau on the second line. It started as a joke but it’s gotten more serious for me as time went on: […]

From Sophomore Slump to Junior Jump – The Continued Evolution of Huberdeau

It feels like every time I get into a conversation with someone on twitter about how great Jonathan Huberdeau has been this season, I end up hearing the same thing: he needs to stop passing and shoot more. I get why the fanbase as a whole wants that. Our impression of who Jonathan Huberdeau is as an […]