Summer Skate: Florida Panthers
The Panthers could regress after a breakthrough season in 2011-12
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Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Florida Panthers. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- Florida Panthers
In only the second year of a rebuild under GM Dale Tallon, the Panthers rode lucky performances in close games -- and a down year by the Washington Capitals -- to a berth in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, as the winners of the Southeast Division. With power-play ace Jason Garrison gone to Vancouver, even a stellar season by replacement Filip Kuba will leave the Panthers hard-pressed to repeat atop the division. And frankly, even if the oft-rumored trade for Roberto Luongo takes place, the Panthers still look like long shots to repeat.
Trending up: F Sean Bergenheim
Last season: 2.4 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 5.8
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