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12-08-2012, 01:57 PM
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HF just released all the team rankings and FL is listed at #2 just behind Minnesota and just ahead of Edmonton. The article states that the top 3 were so close that you could probably put them in any order (very true).
2. Florida Panthers
Strengths: The Panthers are loaded with NHL talent at forward, defense, and in goal. They are extremely deep at center, with Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Rocco Grimaldi, Kyle Rau, and Drew Shore, all showing great promise. Many of their top center prospects are also very versatile and able to play the wing. On defense, Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic provide size, grit, and two-way play from the back end. The Panthers filled a need for a pure offensive blue line talent over the summer by drafting Mike Matheson 23rd overall. Jacob Markstrom remains one of the top netminder prospects in the world.

Weaknesses: Many of the prospects in the organization have been added over the past three drafts, meaning that the majority of the team's top prospects are still in their teens and a few years from making an NHL contribution.

Top 5 Prospects: 1. Jonathan Huberdeau C/LW; 2. Nick Bjugstad, C; 3. Jacob Markstrom, G; 4. Quinton Howden, LW; 5. Alex Petrovic, D.

Added: Michael Houser, Casey Wellman, Josh McFadden.

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