Jonathan Huberdeau named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Winger puts together a killer week for the Cats

Jonathan Huberdeau led the NHL with 4 goals, 5 assists and 9 points and a +6 rating in four games to power the Florida Panthers (30-27-12, 72 points) to a 2-1-1 week and within seven points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

After being held off the score sheet in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins March 5, Huberdeau (2-1-3) factored on all three Florida goals in a 4-3 defeat versus the Boston Bruins March 7.

He then posted 1-3-4, his fourth career four-point performance and second of the season (also Feb. 28 at VGK: 1-3-4), as well as a career-best +5 rating in 6-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild March 8. Huberdeau added 1-1-2 in a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings March 10.

The 25-year-old Saint-Jerome, QC, native and 2012-13 Calder Memorial Trophy winner ranks second on the Panthers with 74 points through 69 outings this season, already establishing personal highs for assists and points.