Commentary

Florida moves on without Bouwmeester

Panthers pin hopes to young forwards, but one may have already peaked

Originally Published: July 25, 2009
By Richard Pollock & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, checking in Saturday with the Panthers.

Summer Skate -- Florida Panthers


Patience is a virtue if you are a fan of the Florida Panthers. After finally making some strides in the right direction last season, the team lost its best defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester, via trade/pending free agency. If the Panthers are to keep their momentum moving forward, the organization will need its young and highly paid players, like Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and David Booth, to continue their improvement. Too bad our projections show one of them backsliding next season.

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