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WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Vincent Trocheck Ready to Make NHL Debut with Panthers

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Center Vincent Trocheck is expected to have a number of family members at the BB&T Center for Friday's game against the Sabres as the 20-year-old makes his NHL debut.

The Panthers recalled Trocheck on Wednesday as he led San Antonio in scoring this season. Trocheck replaces Marcel Goc -- who was traded to Pittsburgh, Trocheck's hometown -- on Wednesday.

"I'm extremely excited,'' Trocheck said. "I got the call at 3:30, had to be on a plane by 6. I was there early, for sure. It's a dream come true, my goal since I was 5-years-old.''

Drew Shore was sent back to San Antonio despite playing well with the Panthers before and after the Olympic break.

"This gives Vinnie a chance to come up,'' coach Peter Horachek said. "There's a league rule about how many games you can play before you need waivers. He's done a good job, I like Drew Shore. From the first time he got called up, he approached it with a real professional attitude. He knew he was going to be a fourth liner, knew he would kill penalties. He did it with a passion and had an impact.''

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Interested to see what Trocheck does at this level, real interested.

If he does well, then The Cats are set uo the middle
for 5-7 years, or until Viola ends up having to pay all 3 of Barkov, Bjugstad, and Trocheck after they burn through they're respective ELC's, then one might be trade-bait(not that I want that, but it's just an unfortunate possibility for a small-market team).

Wingers, this team needs goal scoring wingers, at LEAST two.

Might also be time to bring up Petro & Robak to see if they can do the job or not. Jovo is gone after this year, as will be Gilbert, IMO, so, unless you plan on picking up 2 more top six defensemen in UFA, you need to know if they can cut it or not a.s.a.p.

With Markstrom shipped out(wish it could'a worked out for him here), and Louie in goal for the forseeable future, and with no real blue-chip prospect "in the system", The Cats will probably be looking to draft
a goalie in the first 3 rounds of the draft.

Good post Mase. I agree with all of it. I think Florida needs to pick up a goaltender in FA than can play well behind Luongo. I can not recall if Clemmensen is a free agent after this season but neither he nor Ellis is capable. Florida can make the playoffs next season but it will depend on what some of the kids in the system show in conjunction with what Tallon can or will need to get done in free agency. Personally, I believe they will get there next season.

I love the move up for Trocheck. He deserves it. I know defensively he has had some issues in the AHL, but you can't win if you are not scoring goals. He scores goals. What do they have to lose by bringing him up? People aren't going to games to watch defense. We want to see offense and that's the potential Trocheck has. He's dynamic. He's the kind of guy that cause so much havoc against an opposing team it gets other players going too. Show em' what you got, kid! Besides, his name is pretty cool! Sounds like a Russian boxer.

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