Summer Skate: Florida Panthers

The Panthers could regress after a breakthrough season in 2011-12

Updated: September 4, 2012, 11:25 AM ET
By Ryan Wagman and Craig Custance |
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Jonathan HuberdeauAndre Ringuette/NHLI/Getty ImagesProspect Jonathan Huberdeau should break camp with the Panthers this fall.

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