"The Panthers may have won the Southeast last season, but no one backed into the playoffs the way they did. Florida’s success mostly had to do with the early-season explosions from Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann and Jason Garrison, among others, but faded down the stretch. It’s hard to believe things will go as smoothly this year and we’re betting the Panthers will end up being a flash in the pan."The Hockey News, picking Florida to finish tenth in the Eastern Conference whenever next season finally wraps (THN). File away that "flash in the pan" backhander.