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Meet The New Panthers

THE NEW PANTHERS

D DENNIS WIDEMAN

Acquired: Trade with Boston for Nathan Horton on June 22

Last year – Boston: 6 goals, 24 assists in 76 games

Age: 27; Contract: 2 seasons remaining, $3.94 million per; UFA after 2011-12

Scouting report: Wideman will try and help Florida's anemic power play as 40 of his 144 career points have come with the man advantage. Wideman has a right-handed shot, something the Panthers sorely needed.

RW STEVE BERNIER

Acquired: Trade with Vancouver for Keith Ballard on June 25

Age: 25; Contract: 1 season remaining, $2 million; RFA after 2010-11

Last year – Vancouver: 11 goals, 11 assists in 59 games

The skinny: An average offensive threat, Bernier will likely play on one of Florida's two lower lines, trying to get in front and create traffic. Of Bernier's 11 goals last season, four were game-winners.

RW MICHAEL GRABNER

Acquired: Trade with Vancouver for Keith Ballard on June 25

Age: 23; Contract: 1 season remaining, $843,000; RFA after 2010-11

Last year – Vancouver: 5 goals, 6 assists in 20 games

The skinny: Fans in Vancouver are sorry to see the exciting Grabner go as many feel the Panthers created grand larceny by getting him in the Ballard deal. Grabner scored 11 points in his first 20 NHL games last year.

D ERIK GUDBRANSON

Acquired: 3rd overall pick, 2010 Draft

Age: 18

Last year – Kingston (OHL): 2 goals, 21 assists in 41 games

The skinny: Gudbranson needs to put on some weight, but he's big and strong and expects to make the Panthers out of training camp. The Panthers could decide to send him back to his junior team in Kingston, however, if they feel he would better develop there.

C NICK BJUGSTAD

Acquired: 19th overall pick, 2010 Draft

Age: 17

Last year – Blaine HS (Minn.): 29 goals, 31 assists in 25 games

The skinny: Skipping senior year of HS and currently enrolled at University of Minnesota. Named Minnesota's Mr. Hockey in 2010. Will play for Gophers as a freshman.

C QUINTON HOWDEN

Acquired: 25th overall pick, 2010 Draft

Age: 18

Last year – Moose Jaw (WHL): 28 goals, 37 assists in 65 games

The skinny: Howden ended up averaging a point a game for Moose Jaw last season with 28 goals and 37 assists in 65 games. Howden played for Canada at the under-18 World Championships, scoring four goals with two assists in six games.

LW JOHN McFARLAND

Acquired: 33rd overall pick (second round), 2010 Draft
Age: 18

Last year – Sudbury (OHL): 20 goals, 30 assists in 64 games

The skinny: Ranked 15th overall in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings for North American skaters, the Panthers hope they got a steal early in the second round.

D ALEXANDER PETROVIC

Acquired: 36th overall pick (second round), 2010 Draft

Age: 18

Last year – Red Deer (WHL): 8 goals, 19 assists in 57 games

The skinny: Petrovic's stock rose as he greatly improved his play on both ends of the ice in 2009-10. Petrovic was part of Canada's entry in the world under-18 tournament.

C CONNOR BRICKLEY

Acquired: 50th overall pick (second round), 2010 Draft

Age: 18

Last year: Des Moines (USHL): 22 goals, 21 assists in 52 games

The skinny: A University of Vermont commitment, Brickley plays with a lot of energy and admits he needs to slow things down and let the game come to him. Cousin is former Bruin and current broadcaster Andy Brickley; dad Craig was drafted by the Kings in 1974.

OTHER PICKS

-- RW Joe Basaraba (third round, No. 69): Played at hockey factory Shattuck-St.Mary near Minneapolis – the prep school that produced Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise and Jack Johnson. Basaraba will play at Minnesota-Duluth next season.

-- G Sam Brittain (fourth round, No. 92): A big goalie who is still growing, Brittain will move from the Alberta Junior Hockey League to the University of Denver where he hopes to replace Panthers prospect Marc Cheverie in net.

-- D Ben Gallacher (fourth round, No. 93): Will return for his third season in the Alberta junior league before moving on to Ohio State in 2011-12.

-- RW Joonas Donskoi (fourth round, No. 99): Scored 29 points off 15 goals playing for the Karpat junior team in Finland. Was ranked the No. 14 European skater coming into the draft.

-- C Zach Hyman (fifth round, No. 123): Will return for another season with the Hamilton Jr. Red Wings before playing at Princeton in 2011-12.

-- LW Corey Durocher (sixth round, No. 153): Scored 15 goals with 11 assists in 66 games with Kingston of the OHL last season. Is a junior league teammate of Gudbranson.

-- D R.J. Boyd (seventh round, No. 183): Born in Sarasota, Boyd learned the game on Florida's west coast before moving north to Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. The Panthers considered drafting Boyd last year.






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