The Florida Panthers are another team that boasts a wealth of young depth at the center position. In fact, the Panthers have three players with 20+ goal seasons underneath their belts before their age-25 season. Those three players are Vincent Trochek, Aleksander Barkov, and Nick Bjugstad.
The Panthers took an aggressive approach towards retaining each of these three players. All of them have received lengthy extensions over the last few offseasons. However, Florida’s farm system is full of intriguing prospects that are itching to make their mark at the professional level.
Jared McCann and Denis Malgin have each gotten their first taste of the NHL with the Panthers. Meanwhile, Henrik Borgstrom has continued his stellar play against lesser competition. He will hold down a spot on the University of Denver hockey team for another season until the Panthers call upon his services.
With other veterans in the mix on the pro roster, some pieces will have to be moved to accommodate for these young studs. Names such as Colton Sceviour and captain Derek MacKenzie are less inspiring but still hold value.
The Panthers’ situation will be an interesting one to follow this season.