Who's No. 1?
Ed Belfour and Alex Auld, last season's goaltending tandem, won't be back. Florida traded this summer for Tomas Vokoun, a top-flight goalie who battled health problems in Nashville.
Vokoun is one of the NHL's best goalies. Frankly, with the exception of the first half last season, goaltending has been Florida's strength for most of this decade. Vokoun is 161-159-46 with a 2.55 goals-against average. The numbers don't reflect his skill level because he was Nashville's goalie before they were good. He takes medications to control a blood-clotting problem and he's also had knee and back problems. A thumb injury last season could be a concern.
Craig Anderson had a strong season last year with the AHL Rochester Americans, posting a 23-10-1 record with a 2.56 GAA and a .919 save percentage with one shutout in 34 games. Anderson was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round, 73rd overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft.
In the Wings
Tyler Plante -- He may be Rochester bound after four good years with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Plante was the WHL rookie of the year in 2005 when he went 34-11-2. He was 30-14-9 last season and 89-49-16 over four WHL seasons. Plante is technically sound and aggressive, but has some weaknesses he'll have to overcome to get to the NHL.
David Shantz -- A second-round pick in 2004, Shantz was off to good start in his rookie season with the ECHL Florida Everblades when he suffered a knee injury. Shantz played only 23 games there and posted a 14-7-1 record. He returned to play two regular-season games with Rochester and a playoff game with the Everblades.