The Florida Panthers
will see their past in net Tuesday night when Tomas Vokoun
starts for the Washington Capitals
, but they might also get a glimpse of their future.
It is possible Jacob Markstrom
will make his first career NHL start against the Capitals after starter Jose Theodore
played Monday night in a win against Tampa Bay. Markstrom, the 31st pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, is with the club because backup Scott Clemmensen
Markstrom is generally considered the best goaltending prospect in the world. He tops the list for Justin Goldman, who runs the site Goalie Guild and contributes to NHL.com. He’s the second-ranked goaltender on Hockey’s Future top prospects list behind Los Angeles’ Jonathan Bernier
, who has appeared in too many NHL games to be eligible for Goldman’s list.
The Gavle, Sweden, native (same hometown as the No. 1 center he’d face if he plays, Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom
) was a star for Brynas IF in the Swedish Elite League and at the world junior championships before spending last season with Rochester in the American Hockey League.
Markstrom made a relief appearance for Clemmensen last season, playing the final two periods Jan. 23 against New Jersey. He allowed two goals on 14 shots, but should he get the nod tonight it would be the first start for the tall goaltender who turns 22 in January.
Here is what the lineup should look like for the Panthers:
– Stephen Weiss
– Kris Versteeg
– Tomas Kopecky
– Scottie Upshall
– Marcel Goc
– Jack Skille
– Shawn Matthias
– Matt Bradley
– Erik Gudbranson
– Dmitry Kulikov
– Jason Garrison