Florida Panthers are the next team on my list. There are a lot of positive signs in Florida. The Panthers do have a chance of making the playoffs; we are in the South-East Division, anything can happen. The teams are all equally good, or equally bad, depending on your point of view.
I like the Panthers because they have a good core of young players. They have a solid goalie who can hold them in any given night. They have a superstar who leads their team, giving them a chance to sneak a win to maybe keep them in the playoff hunt.
Captain Olli is the best player on this team. Olli had 30 goals and 29 assists, for 59 points this season. Olli can do it all for the Panthers. He is a pure passer and great offensive playmaker. Olli is a power-play specialist. He has a terrific shot, and uses it during the power-play; with 13 power-play goals. They would be crazy to trade him while in the playoffs race.
Nathan is a terrific young forward who is offensively gifted. Nathan can do it all. He is capable of winning a game all by himself. He has 20 goals and 29 assists, with 49 points. Nathan is great in the defensive zone; he is plus 12 on the season. He has 7 power-play goals. He is a very smart player who is a terrific offensive passer and all-around player.
Jay is the number one dman in Florida, Jay has 10 goals and 25 assists, for 35 points. Jay is a power-play quarterback with a terrific shot. Jay is a terrific shooter, but more importantly, he is a great passer. Bouwmeestr is a great hitter. You'd better not put your head down. Jay is an excellent all-around defenseman. Hewould be a number one dman with many teams in the League. Jay has so much to offer. He skates well, he is excellent in his own zone, and he hits well. He does well with everything.
Tomas is one of the best goalies in the League; he does not do much wrong. He continues to hold the Panthers in games. Tomas has held the Panthers in games by making 40 or more saves. He has one of the best glove hands in the game. With the number of glove hands in the game, he has an amazing .917 save percentage.
The Panthers have a lot of good young players and should challenge for the playoffs. They have maybe the best goalie in the division. The Panthers have to be more consistent, and if they are, they have as a good shot as any to win the division.
Let me go on the record right now to say that the Panthers would be crazy to trade Olli. They are too close to making the playoffs; you can not trade your best players in a playoff race.
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