BT’s 10 Bold 2010-11 NHL Predictions: The Florida Panthers

September 16th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Florida Panthers are certainly going to have their work cut out for them this season.

Amidst yet another rebuild, Florida has been forced to watch the teams that were around them in the standings get better: The Toronto Maple Leafs added a bit of punch with Kris Versteeg, the Chicago Blackhawks single-handedly made Atlanta better, and Steve Yzerman has a plan for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Dale Tallon has a plan in Florida too, but it requires patience.

Everyone knows about Stephen Weiss and Tomas Vokoun—they're Florida's most-talented and recognizable players. But soon enough, the Panthers will trot out another round of recognizable superstars who can hopefully lead the Panthers to the playoffs.

Until that day arrives though, there's time for a few bold (and not so bold) picks.

1) Mike Duco Clocks 225 Minutes in the Box

Keith Ballard, Nick Tarnasky, and Gregory Campbell are all gone—they were providing the primary muscle for Florida last year. If the desire is to have a heavyweight skate with the team, then it's going to be Duco, who tallied 50 minutes in 10 games last year.

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