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 future stars of the Florida Panthers will be on full display this week at the team’s annual development camp, which will be held from Monday July 11, to Friday, July 15, at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs.
This year’s camp features six members of the team’s 2016 draft class as well as other previously acquired players and select invitees. The 41-player roster boasts four goaltenders, 13 defensemen and 24 forwards. The full roster can be found here.
A major stepping stone in the career of any NHL hopeful, the five-day camp exposes prospective players to the rigorous conditioning programs of a professional hockey player, including off-ice training and educational sessions, as well as on-ice sessions.
The best news? You’re invited!
That’s right, all on-ice workouts throughout the week are free and open to the public, so make sure to come out to the rink to catch a glimpse of the future. Also, if you’re lucky, you might even be able to score a few autographs or snap a couple memorable photos.
The full development camp schedule is as follows:
• Monday, July 11: 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (skills)
• Tuesday, July 12: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Wednesday, July 13: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Thursday, July 14: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Friday, July 15: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Red & White scrimmage)
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
1) Henrik Borgstrom (#95): A first-round pick (23rd overall) in last month’s draft, Borgstrom will be making his first on-ice appearance in a Panthers jersey at this year’s camp. A native of Helsinki, Finland, the 18-year-old center recorded 55 points (29-26--55) in 40 games this past season with HIFK Jr. At 6-foot-3 and 181 pounds, Borgstrom is a talented playmaker with the potential to blossom into an exceptional two-way player. He is committed to the University of Denver and expected to join the Pioneers this fall.
2) Lawson Crouse (#67): A first-round pick (11th overall) of the Panthers in 2015, Crouse scored 23 goals and had 62 points in 49 games for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League this past season. The 19-year-old winger also made his American Hockey League debut in 2015-16, recording no points in two appearances with the Portland Pirates. At 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, Crouse has the size and attitude – I mean, they don’t call him “The Sheriff” for nothing – to become a staple of Florida’s forward group for many years to come.
3) Jayce Hawryluk (#8): A second-round pick (32nd overall) of the Panthers in the 2014 draft, Hawryluk was one of only five players in the Western Hockey League to hit the century mark this past season, recording 106 points (47-59—106) in 58 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound forward is known for playing well beyond his size and can often be found battling along the boards or going toe-to-toe in the corner against a much larger opponent. At 20, Hawryluk will be making the leap from junior to professional hockey in the upcoming season.
4) Ian McCoshen (#77): A second-round pick (31st overall) of the Panthers in the 2013 draft, McCoshen notched 21 points (6-15—21) in 40 games for Boston College this past season. With his first professional season on the horizon, the 6-foot-3, 218 pound defenseman already possesses an imposing physical presence and can always be counted on to contribute in all three zones. McCoshen, 20, ended his three-year career with 50 points (17-33—50) in 110 games.
5) Jared McCann (#90): A first-round pick (24th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 draft, McCann will be making his first on-ice appearance with the Panthers at this year’s camp after being acquired in a trade earlier this summer. The 20-year-old center is also the only player at camp with any experience in the NHL, coming off a season in which he recorded 18 points (9-9—18) in 69 games as a rookie with the Canucks. At 6-feet and 179 pounds, McCann is expected to compete for a spot on the Panthers this season.
D-Camp by the Numbers
3: Former first-round picks
8: Players who are 6-foot-4 or taller
9: European-born players
11: Players who played NCAA hockey last season
41: Players invited to camp
69: Combined NHL games played of players in attendance