The Florida Panthers’ Top 10 All-Time Greatest Players

December 4th, 2009 by Robert Young Leave a reply »
The Florida Panthers have a short but colorful history with some real characters that have graced the artificial ice in the Sunshine State. The club was formed in 1993 and participated in that year’s expansion draft (in Quebec) together with fellow newcomers Anaheim. The Panthers drafted successfully in that expansion draft and set the platform for a string of early triumphs—for the team that was based in Miami at that time. Indeed, of the 24 players selected by the Cats; four of them would make their way onto this list and several others were in serious consideration for a spot on this Top 10. Florida had the best first year in NHL history and only two seasons later the Panthers would storm through the Eastern Conference to claim a place in the Stanley Cup Final versus Colorado. The Avalanche swept the Cats 4-0 to end the Cinderella run—which saw hockey in South Florida reach fever pitch and the ice invaded by rubber rats upon goal celebrations. Nevertheless, the franchise would after this climax—which was the “year of the rats”—start to fade and today the franchise holds the ignominious record of not reaching the playoff in 9 consecutive years and counting. ...

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