We're heading east in our tour of former Panthers in the postseason this time, along with a few western stragglers yours truly denied previously mentioning.
The first round is now well under way, and again, this is not a list of predictions (with the possible exception of Boston over Montreal; that came out of left field, eh?). If I've missed any names let me have it in the comments.
I've enjoyed the games I've seen so far; the Pittsburgh - Philadelphia series has been particularly compelling in the Flyers' absence of any presence whatsoever...until Sunday. And who can resist what's taking place with the Canucks? Oh right. Fans of the Blues. Thought there might be a bit more punch from Columbus.
#23 / Defenseman / Boston Bruins
Dec 21, 1979
|2008 - Steve Montador||78||4||17||21||17||143||0||0||0||0||117||3.4|
After an unspectacular stint in Anaheim, Monty slips into the Boston organization at this year's trade deadline a happy man. Who wouldn't be after landing feet-first with the east's number one seed? A fan-favorite in Florida given his pugilistic and mutli-role abilities.
Currently battling: A dying Canadiens "centennial" squad.
#25 / Center / Washington Capitals
Feb 14, 1975
|2008 - Viktor Kozlov||67||13||28||41||-9||16||2||0||0||0||153||8.5|
The fifteen-year veteran (seven with the Cats) soldiers on as one of the few Capitals with secondary scoring prowess not named Ovechkin, Semin, or Green.
Currently battling: inconsistency in a rough series against the Rangers.
#13 / Left Wing / Carolina Hurricanes
May 08, 1972
|2008 - Ray Whitney||82||24||53||77||2||32||7||0||2||2||219||11.0|
227 points in four years with Florida just wasn't enough, apparently. The soon-to-be 37 year-old continues contributing at a torrid pace, on a club which appears designed around his strengths. And a guy named Staal, too.
Currently battling: New Jersey.
And right on back to the wild West (gotta hand it to the Cats...when they presented someone with their walking papers, the arrow inevitably pointed toward the left side of the continent. Way to get 'em out of the conference).
#44 / Center / Anaheim Ducks
Dec 28, 1974
|2008 - Rob Niedermayer||79||14||7||21||-17||42||1||1||2||0||88||15.9|
The first-ever Florida draft-pick (1993), Nieds finds a way to keep himself employed year after year. I'm looking at you, Mr. Minus-17.
Currently battling: a choking and bitter San Jose. That time of year, and all.
#22 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks
Jul 12, 1976
|2008 - Dan Boyle||77||16||41||57||6||52||8||0||4||0||213||7.5|
Though only this year added to the Sharks roster, Boyle was expected to assist in erasing the playoff-chokers ladel that has haunted San Jose in recent years. So far, he hasn't.
Currently battling: Anaheim.
This would have taken much longer to compile if Tampa Bay had made the postseason, given their stockpile of used Cats.