Friday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Sporting News ranks Florida’s prospects eighth best in NHL

Sporting News ranked the farm systems of the NHL’s 31 clubs and the Florida Panthers came in at number eight. Here’s what SN had to say about the Cats prospects in the pipeline.

There’s no rest for the weary, as teams that already hate playing against the talent-heavy Panthers have to face the reality that the Cats have even more skill on the way, mostly in the form of forwards. Center Henrik Borgstrom leads Florida’s crew of playmaking neophytes, and speedy winger Owen Tippett is good enough to make the club out of camp for the second year in a row. Additionally, Florida owns two puck-possession monsters in wingers Grigori Denisenko and Aleksi Heponiemi, with the latter posting a WHL-best 90 assists — the most in the league by a player of any age in 21 years.

They listed Florida’s top ten prospects in the following order

  1. Henrik Borgstrom
  2. Owen Tippett
  3. Aleksi Heponiemi
  4. Grigori Denisenko
  5. Serron Noel
  6. Riley Stillman
  7. Samuel Montembeault
  8. Max Gildon
  9. Jonathan Ang
  10. Ryan Bednard

The only signing in the NHL yesterday saw the Colorado Avalanche agree to terms with forward Patrik Nemeth on a one-year contract worth $2.5 million. The two sides were scheduled to go to arbitration on Saturday morning. (Mile High Hockey)