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Summer With the Cats: Markstrom on Ice

Markstrom2Swung by Incredible Ice on Wednesday just to see what was going on, and a few players were out there working out.

The biggest player on the ice was new goalie Jacob Markstrom. He's listed at 6-foot-3 but looks taller; he's probably 6-5. Dude can completely fill the net.

And, despite his size, he looks very agile. On a few shots -- one taken by captain Bryan McCabe -- Markstrom spun while dropping to the ground to get a chunk of the puck.

"You can tell he's going to be special,'' said goalie coach Robb Tallas. Markstrom has been staying with Tallas while he gets acclimated to life stateside and is digging the NHL Network.

"He asks great questions. Smart questions,'' Tallas said. "And he watches NHL Network all the time. He just watches those playoff replays, checking out what everyone does. He's soaking things up like a sponge.''

Tomas Vokoun, the Panthers starting goalie, has also been working out in Coral Springs. Vokoun also looked pretty sharp out there.

Dmitry Kulikov and Cory Stillman were the other veterans out there on Wednesday. Former Panthers winger Serge Payer is also out there working out. More players are expected by the end of the week and a bundle should be out there next week. If you want to head out there, knock yourself out. The players aren't using the Panthers locker room but are using the Panthers new ice sheet.