Good morning and welcome to “Cats & Coffee,” a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.
The Florida Panthers closed the book on their annual development camp earlier this month, but luckily there are still plenty of stories left to tell from the organization’s talented group of young prospects.
This week, FloridaPanthers.com will be taking a look at two members of the organization’s most-recent draft class that excel on opposite ends of the ice.
On offense, Finnish center Henrik Borgstrom, the 23rd overall pick in last month’s draft, certainly looked to be enjoying every minute of his first on-ice appearance with the Panthers, dominating shooting drills and lighting up the rink with his bubbly personality throughout his first camp.
"You can only [make a] first impression once," said Borgstrom, who tallied 55 points (29-26—55) in 40 games for HIFK U20 in Finland's Jr. A. SM-liiga last season. "I'm focused on that and [trying to] keep [it] fun and try not to be too serious."
On defense, Riley Stillman, a fourth-round pick in last month’s draft, is only just beginning to embark upon his journey to the NHL, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Cory, who recorded 109 points (39-70—109) in 165 games for the Panthers from 2008-11.
“It means a lot,” said the 18-year-old Stillman, who recorded six goals and 21 points in 62 games for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals last season. “I lived (in Florida) for a little bit and played for the Jr. Panthers. It’s something that I was really excited about at the beginning and something that I take pride in to keep my dad’s legacy here.”
Look for these stories and more this week on FloridaPanthers.com!
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COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
- The Panthers recently re-signed forward Logan Shaw and defenseman Jonathan Racine to a pair of one-year extensions.
- A two-way defenseman known more for his ferocity than his flash, Ian McCoshen is one of several young rearguards hoping to land a spot on the Panthers blue line during the upcoming season.
- The Panthers are committed to winning the Stanley Cup, and it starts with their ownership.