Player Development of Top-10 Picks, Part 14

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Player development seems to always result in more questions than answers. How likely is it for a top pick to pan out? What makes a player a “steal”? Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft. This week’s piece involves […] READ MORE


Florida Panthers Aleksander Barkov Out Week-to-Week

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The Florida Panthers have announced that forward Aleksander Barkov is set to miss some time, and is currently listed as week-to-week after suffering a knee injury. Aleksander Barkov Injured Barkov was forced to leave Tuesday’s game against the Islanders after a scary knee-on-knee collision with  New York Islanders defenceman Scott Mayfield. He did not return. […] READ MORE


2021-22 Florida Panthers Special Teams Must Be Better

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Ten games into the season and the 2021-22 Florida Panthers are off to their hottest start in franchise history. They are currently sitting at first place in the entire league with 19 team points. The Panthers are continuing their contender status, but is it coming at a price? Even though they are leading the league […] READ MORE


The 2021-22 Florida Panthers and Their High Powered Offence

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The 2021-22 Florida Panthers are off to a 5-0 start for the first time in franchise history. Undefeated through the beginning of the season, they have never looked better. Besides having outstanding goaltending and great defensive play, the Florida Panthers’ high-powered offence might be the best in the league. Florida’s High-Flying Offence Every season, teams […] READ MORE


How Arena Statistics Impact Fantasy Hockey

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If a puck is cleared out of the zone and trickles in on the opposing goalie, is it a shot on goal? If a player is rubbed out along the boards, is it a hit? How about if a point shot is deflected out of play by a defenceman’s outreached stick? Is that a blocked […] READ MORE



Sam Bennett Remains with the Florida Panthers

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After a brutal ending in Calgary, he has found a fresh start in Sunrise, Florida. The Florida Panthers signed restricted free agent forward Sam Bennett to a  four-year contract worth $17.6 million with a salary-cap hit of $4.4 million. Bennett deal with Florida: 4 x $4.4M AAV https://t.co/wIomV9UX2y — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 26, 2021 […] READ MORE



2021 Florida Panthers Offseason Primer

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As a shortened and hectic offseason approaches, Last Word on Hockey is looking ahead towards how teams will deal with the reality of a flat salary cap. In terms of building a franchise, the offseason is the most crucial time of the year for front offices. However, due to COVID-19, the short-term future of how […] READ MORE


NHL Rumours: Buffalo Sabres, St Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Hello and welcome to a regular Sunday edition of NHL Rumours! Not much has changed around the league in the last few days. Teams are either grinding through the postseason or preparing for an interesting offseason. We are just weeks away from drafts and free agency, so check in with Last Word on Hockey often […] READ MORE