Really, that’s been the thought ever since the Panthers made the tall Swede the first pick in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.
Markstrom’s time, it would appear, has arrived. And Markstrom says he’s ready for the challenge.
"Obviously, it's been my main goal since I got here and I'm really here to be the starting goalie," Markstrom said at the start of training camp. "That's nothing to be shy about. I'm here to play and I really want to play and I want to play good and help the team win."
Markstrom has had stints with the Panthers each of the past three seasons, with one appearance in 2010-11, seven in 2011-12 and 23 last year, but general manager Dale Tallon said at the start of camp, "[Markstrom] is our goalie."