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Cats & Coffee: Panthers’ Defensive Prospects on Different Paths to NHL

by Jameson Olive / Florida Panthers



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 this past week, 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 a pair of defenseman at very different stages of their careers.

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.”

Ian McCoshen, meanwhile, is on the verge of making the jump from collegiate to professional hockey, hoping to earn a spot with either the Panthers or their AHL affiliate in Springfield for the upcoming season. A second-round pick (31st overall) of the Panthers in the 2013 draft, the 20-year-old blueliner knows that the road ahead won’t be easy, but is more than ready for the challenge.

“You take it day by day and you’ve got to earn your stripes,” said McCoshen, who notched 21 points (6-15—21) in 40 games for Boston College this past season. “I’m just going to take it as is. Nothing is given. I’ve got to earn it. That’s how I approach it.”

Look for these stories and more this week on FloridaPanthers.com!

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COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)

- Adam Mascherin, a second-round pick in last month’s draft, has one of the most lethal shots among Florida’s forward prospects. Learn how he crafted this rapid release in our development camp notebook.

- The Panthers are committed to winning the Stanley Cup, and it starts with their ownership.

- The Panthers’ newest additions and recent re-signees participated in a special meet-and-greet with season ticket holders at the BB&T Center on Thursday.

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