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The 'Future' Started Sunday: Jacob Markstrom Makes NHL Debut

Markstrom NEWARK, N.J. -- Panthers coach Pete DeBoer pulled Scott Clemmensen after he gave up two goals on eight shots in the first period of Sunday's game in New Jersey.

Starting the second period? Rookie Jacob Markstrom.

Markstrom, anointed the Panthers future in net since being taken with the first pick of the second round in 2008, didn't face his first shot from the Devils until there was 8:32 left in the second period.

Brian Rolston took the Devils' third shot against Markstrom and it was a doozy: A power play goal giving Jersey a 3-1 lead.

Standing 6-foot-3, Markstrom really does fill up a cage.

-- The Panthers went into the second day of the NHL Draft in 2008 knowing exactly who they were going to take. In fact, as soon as the final pick of the first round was made, the Panthers knew who they were taking.


"I could hardly contain myself on the bus back to the hotel,'' scouting director Scott Luce said then.

-- Shawn Matthias got the Panthers on the board in the second period by whipping a shot past Marty Brodeur. It was his first goal since Dec. 20 at Philadelphia.

-- Panthers 0-1 on power play so far; Devils are 1-1.

More later...