Description: Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau finished the 2014-15 season on a high note.
Insight: Huberdeau scored a goal in the season finale against the Devils, which means he had a goal in the last three games of the season. He averaged a ppg in the final 20 games of the season. Huberdeau finished with 15 goals and 39 assists in 79 games.
Description: Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad scored the team's only goal in the, 4-1, loss to the Canadiens on Sunday.
Insight: Ekblad tied the game on the power play at the beginning of the second period, but Montreal scored the final three goals of the game. Ekblad has 12 goals and 25 assists in 79 games this season.
Description: Panthers center Vincent Trocheck probably isn't on many fantasy teams, but he had one great night on Thursday versus the Hurricanes.
Insight: Trocheck had a pair of goals and an assist with all three points coming on even strength. He was also plus-four with two shots on net. Trocheck has seven goals and 15 assists in 46 games this season.
Description: Panthers center Brandon Pirri continued his dominance on Tuesday as he sniped a power-play goal passed goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Insight: Pirri scored a one-timer on a pass from Brian Campbell. Pirri has been on quite a run lately, scoring four goals in the last five games and 17 goals in the last 25 games. He is someone to keep an eye on for next season.
Description: Panthers right winger Jaromir Jagr scored a goal on Thursday to move into sole possession for fifth on the NHL all-time goals list.
Insight: Jagr also had an assist as he helped Florida defeat Detroit, 3-1. Jagr has 718 goals in his career and passed Phil Esposito on Thursday. He is 14 away from Marcel Dionne in fourth place. Jagr has five points in eight games with Florida.
Description: Florida goaltender Robert Luongo looked great in his return to the net on Thursday.
Insight: Luongo has been out for two and a half weeks, so it's nice to see him back for the last part of the fantasy hockey playoffs. Luongo made 26 saves, allowing just one goal versus the Red Wings in his return. It's safe to plug him back in lineups.
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov had a goal in the, 3-2, defeat versus the Candiens on Tuesday.
Insight: Barkov gave Florida a, 1-0, lead, but the Panthers gave up two goals in the next four minutes. All five of the game's goals came in the second period. Barkov has 12 goals and 13 assists in 59 games this season.
Description: In one of the most bizarre moments hockey fans have seen in recent memory, the Florida Panthers played musical chairs with their goaltenders on Tuesday.
Insight: Robert Luongo started the game but suffered an upper-body injury after taking a puck in the right shoulder and side of the head according to cbssports.com. He finished the first period, and backup Al Montoya replaced him to start the second. Montoya, however, was then injured 22 seconds into the third period on Toronto's game-tying goal. Montoya left for the dressing room, which left the Panthers with no goalie. Forwards Scottie Upshall and Derek MacKenzie were prepared to suit up and take the net, but after an 11-minute delay, Luongo came back to finish the game. The important thing is that for fantasy owners, Luongo stopped all 19 shots he faced Tuesday. For more on this crazy story, check out cbcsports.com.
Description: Panthers Right winger Jaromir Jagr gave the fans what they wanted to see on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: After going pointless in his Florida debut, Jagr recorded a goal and an assist, along with three shots on goal. He is worthy of a roster spot with 12 goals, 30 points, and 42 penalty minutes. Jagr will also continue to skate on the top line.
Description: Panthers center Brandon Pirri scored a pair of goals as Florida came back to defeat Buffalo, 5-3.
Insight: Pirri had a game-high nine shots on goal. That's more shots on net than Buffalo's entire team had in the second and third period combined. Pirri has 11 goals and two assists in 29 games this season.
Description: Right winger Jaromir Jagr has been traded to the Florida Panthers.
Insight: While many expected Jagr to be dealt before the deadline, the Panthers are definitely a surprise destination. Nevertheless Florida is just two points out of a playoff spot, and this acquisition only helps. Jagr has 11 goals and 29 points through 57 games this season.
Description: Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen scored a goal in Florida's comeback against the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Insight: The Panthers tallied two goals in the third period to tie the game, but ultimately, Florida lost in a shootout. Jokinen misses playing with Evgeni Malkin. He had seven goals in 13 playoff games last spring, but he has just six goals in 59 games this season.
Description: Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and an assist in the, 3-2, shootout victory over the Candiens on Thursday.
Insight: Fleischmann scored the team's first goal in the second period to cut into the Candiens lead. He then assisted Steven Kampfer's game-tying goal that sent the game into overtime. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo had a solid fantasy night versus the Predators, but the Panthers failed to close the door and lost in the shootout, 3-2.
Insight: Nashville's Flip Forsberg scored with less than five minutes in regulation to tie the game at two. Luongo yielded two third-period goals that allowed the Predators back into the contest. Despite the loss, Luongo still stopped 23-of-25 shots for a .920 save percentage.
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov has been a little bit better as of late.
Insight: Barkov has six points in his last six games and scored a goal on Monday versus the Rangers. Maybe it's a sign of things to come. Overall, Barkov has been disappointing with six goals and 10 assists in 37 games this season.
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov scored a goal and two assists versus the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Insight: Barkov has been very disappointing this season. Including Tuesday, Barkov has five goals and nine assists in 34 games. That's not cutting it for a guy who was supposed to be a fantasy sleeper heading into the season.
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov scored a goal on Thursday versus the Avalanche.
Insight: Barkov has been disappointing overall this season. Fantasy owners were expecting more than four goals and six assists halfway through his second season in the league. Barkov has also missed some games, which didn't help.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo had a night to forget on Tuesday.
Insight: Luongo didn't barely made it out of the first period as he allowed four goals on 20 shots in just over 26 minutes. That's a .800 save percentage, so Luongo's numbers definitely took a hit. His backup Al Montoya faired no better as he allowed four more goals and Winnipeg won, 8-2.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well on Tuesday in a loss.
Insight: Luongo stopped 33-of-34 shots, but the Panthers lost in a shootout, 2-1. Luongo was able to stop 2-of-3 shootout attempts, but Florida did not score at all. Luongo is 14-7-7 with a 2.30 GAA and .923 save percentage.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo put on quite a display in the shootout victory against the Penguins on Monday.
Insight: Luongo stopped all seven shots he faced against some of the most skilled skaters in the league. He made saves on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz. Unfortunately, those numbers won't count towards his season statistics. In regulation and overtime, Luongo allowed three goals on 27 shots.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well on won, 2-1, in a shootout on Thursday.
Insight: Florida's shootout luck continued, however, it only took six attempts this time as opposed to the 20 rounds it went on Tuesday against the Capitals. Luongo stopped 25-of-26 shots to improve his record to 12-6-6.
Description: Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen scored his first goal in nearly a month.
Insight: Jokinen has been a huge disappointment which was expected after leaving the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins, where he played with Evgeni Malkin, for the Florida Panthers. Jokinen has three goals and 13 assists this season.
Description: Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad is quietly becoming a fantasy sleeper this season.
Insight: I guess the definition of sleeper is playing well without making much noise in the media, but Bjugstad has 12 goals and six assists in 26 games this season. He is also plus-three on a bad Panthers team.
Description: Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad should start to grab the notice of fantasy owners.
Insight: Bjugstad leads Florida with 15 points and has scored 10 goals in the last 14 games. Bjugstad has great chemistry with linemates Tomas Fleischmann and Jonathan Huberdeau, so that could really continue. If you need forward help, Bjugstad is a great pickup.
Description: Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad scored twice in the Florida rally that took place in the second period on Thursday.
Insight: Florida fell behind Columbus, 3-0, on Thursday, but rallied back with three straight scores in the second period. Bjugstad scored two straight goals in a two and a half minute span with the second one on the power play. Bjugstad has 10 goals and five assists this season.
Description: Panthers goalie Al Montoya stopped 22-of-24 shots on Friday to help Florida defeat Ottawa, 3-2.
Insight: Montoya is playing for the injured Robert Luongo and has allowed just two goals since taking over for Luongo halfway through Wednesday's game. Montoya is a decent fantasy play as long as he is starting. Luongo is listed as day-to-day.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo faced 50 shots in Saturday's shootout loss to the Predators.
Insight: He played very well, stopping 48 of those shots, but ultimately fell in the shootout. Luongo has been somewhat of a surprise this season, and is now 6-4-5 with a 2.36 GAA and .926 save percentage.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was pulled in Tuesday's loss to Los Angeles.
Insight: He made 21 saves on 25 shots before being pulled to start the third period. Al Montoya took over and faced only two shots, allowing one goal. Luongo still has decent numbers with a 5-4-4 record and a 2.45 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Description: Florida winger Scottie Upshall was a bright spot in the team's loss to Calgary on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal and one penalty minute. Upshall still only has five points on the season, but after a game like this, owners need to monitor his progress.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo allowed four goals on 30 shots on Thursday against the Flyers.
Insight: That is just a .867 save percentage for Luongo. His save percentage for the season is a lot better than that, but overall he has been disappointing for fantasy owners because of his 4-3-3 record.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well, but ultimately fell to the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Insight: He stopped 39-of-41 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss. Luongo is now 2-2-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He is clearly the top option in Florida, but his wins will be limited, as the team will struggle to stay consistent.
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo allowed just one goal against the Senators on Monday and lost, 1-0.
Insight: Luongo stopped 22-of-23 shots for a .957 save percentage, but it was not enough to lead Florida to victory. The Senators crashed the net hard, and Luongo looked shaken up a few times, but he played the entire game besides when Florida went with an empty net.
Description: Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal to send a game against the Lightning into overtime on Thursday.
Insight: Huberdeau scored on a wrister at the 9:16 mark of the third period. That goal tied the game, 2-2. The Lightning won on the power play in overtime. Huberdeau finished with a plus-one rating and three shots.
Description: Panthers Brian Campbell is the team's best defenseman, but he is not a worthwhile fantasy player.
Insight: Campbell logs heavy minutes but does not take many shots and is very disciplined, so he does very little to help fantasy teams. He might be able to score some on the power play, but Dmitry Kulikov and Aaron Ekblad are better offensive options.
Description: Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann is a worthy bench player for your fantasy hockey team this season.
Insight: Fleischmann had an awful 2013-2014 season with 28 points, which is his lowest in seven years. In his first season in Florida, he scored 27 goals and 34 assists, both career highs. We don't expect him to get very close to his 27 goal total from three years ago, but 60 points is not out of the question.
Description: Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau is very familiar with Florida's new head coach Gerald Gallant.
Insight: Huberdeau had an amazing junior career while playing under Gallant with the Saint John Sea Dogs. After winning the Calder Trophy in 2012-2013, Huberdeau struggled somewhat with the poor team performance last year. Look for Huberdeau to rebound under his old coach and with a pleathora of young talent around him.
Description: Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad became the first rookie to lead the team in scoring last year.
Insight: Bjugstad had 16 goals and 22 assists in 76 games this season. His 38 points was also the lowest amount to ever lead a NHL team in an 82-game season. We see him increasing those totals this year, but it is unlikely he leads the team in scoring again with a healthy Aleksander Barkov and the addition of Jussi Jokinen.
Description: Panthers forward Brad Boyes feels much more comfortable at training camp this season than he did a year ago according to Miami Herald.
Insight: Boyes was stuck in a hotel in training camp last year, and he also said it was nice to see familiar faces rather than worried about fitting into a new locker room. He led the team with 21 goals a season ago and could do so again this year.
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov has the potential to score 30 goals this season.
Insight: Our projections have him scoring between 15 and 20, but his high upside makes him a good gamble in the middle rounds of the draft. Barkov is just 19 years old and how productive he is will depend greatly on how much the Panthers can improve under new head coach Gerald Gallant. Barkov will be the top-line center.
Description: Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is playing alongside fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov in training camp.
Insight: As excited as we are about the 19-year-old Aleksander Barkov, Jokinen will not be as productive this year as he was a season ago while playing with Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Last season, Jokinen scored 21 goals, most since 2009-2010, and 36 assists, most since 2005-2006. Expect more like 15 goals and 25-30 assists this year.
Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad, 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov or fellow free agent signee Dave Bolland.