As a relatively young franchise, the Florida Panthers have yet to firmly establish themselves in the NHL. It’s only until recently that Florida has found consistent success, but prior to the 2020s, Florida had typically been a bubble team with little-to-no renown. With Jonathan Huberdeau leading the Panthers’ team stats in recent seasons, this franchise is now trending.
Traditionally, the Panthers have been underdogs on the NHL odds. However, in recent seasons, Florida’s rise to excellence will have them as favorites and as short bets to win the Stanley Cup. Still, Florida has yet to have a long period of success, since this team has been notorious for being a “one-season wonder.”
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All-Time Florida Panthers Stats & Records
- Pavel Bure – Goals: 59 (2000-01).
- Jonathan Huberdeau – Games: 671.
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Florida Panthers Stats & History
The Panthers joined the NHL in 1993 along with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. It would not take them long to find success when the team went on a “Cinderella Run” and reached the Stanley Cup Final in just their third season. Despite being swept by the Avalanche, the Panthers had created a passionate fan base out of the success.
The 1995-96 season would remain the peak of the Panthers’ NHL run as of 2022. Scott Mellanby would kill a rat in the locker room then score two goals during the Panthers’ season opener. Goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck coined the term “rat trick,” which gave birth to fans tossing thousands of plastic rats on the ice following a goal.
However, following that successful season, Florida would go on an NHL-record 26 seasons without winning a playoff series. The Panthers would make the playoffs just four times from 1997 to 2020. General manager Dale Tallon, who was hired in 2010, had built the foundations of a perennial contender.
Under Tallon’s reign, the Panthers acquired cornerstone players like Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Aaron Ekblad. Tallon would resign in 2020 and Bill Zito would succeed him. In his first season as general manager, the Panthers would have their most successful season. Florida would win the Presidents’ Trophy as the regular season’s best team and finally win a playoff series.
Huberdeau would blossom into a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist by leading the Florida Panthers stats in many major categories. Even in a stacked division that features Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Boston, Florida is trending in the right way. This team could finally be a Stanley Cup Champion.