SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Huberdeau blossomed into a top NHL prospect when he played under coach Gerard Gallant with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, so it figured he would welcome to chance to play for him again.
Huberdeau will get that opportunity with the Florida Panthers in the fall now that Gallant has been hired as the Panthers' new coach.
The question becomes whether Huberdeau can recapture his rookie form under Gallant after a disappointing 2013-14 season.
"Of course I was excited to hear that news," Huberdeau said Monday following a press conference Monday at BB&T Center to introduce Gallant. "Gerard has been a great coach for me. He taught me a lot of stuff when I was in juniors. That's good that he's coming here right now and I just need to keep working hard and he's just going to help all the guys on the team."