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by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Panthers finish 2014-15 with nine players on their roster who have suited up for the Cats for the first time this season.

#63 Dave Bolland

In his first season with the Panthers, Bolland recorded 22 points (5-17—22) in 52 games played. Reaching his 400th career game and 200th career point this season, the two-time Stanley Cup champion served as an Alternate Captain for Florida.

#5 Aaron Ekblad

Making his NHL debut this season, Ekblad claimed Florida’s franchise rookie defenseman records for goals (12), assists (26) and points (38). Leading Florida’s defensemen in points and plus/minus (+11) this season, the former 2014 first overall pick also joined Roberto Luongo at the NHL All-Star Game.

#68 Jaromir Jagr

The future Hall of Famer made his Panthers debut on Feb. 28 at the BB&T Center against the Buffalo Sabres. Since joining Florida, the nine-time NHL All-Star has climbed the all-time goals (fifth all-time), assists (sixth all-time), points (fourth all-time) and games played (11th all-time) charts securing himself among the very best to every play the game. The 43-year old has shown no signs of slowing down, recording 16 points (5-11—16) in 19 games as his linemates Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau have flourished playing alongside him.

#36 Jussi Jokinen

In his first season with the Panthers, the veteran winger recorded 35 assists, including his 300th career assist. Jokinen ranks second among all Panthers in scoring with 43 points on the season (8-35—43). Playing in his 700th NHL game this season, Jokinen has proven himself to be a valuable asset on both the Power Play and Penalty Kill.

#3 Steven Kampfer

Acquired in a preseason trade with the New York Rangers, Kampfer spent most of the season playing for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). Upon being called up on Feb. 4, Kampfer has impressed with his abilities to play both sides of the puck. Notching four points (2-2—4) in 24 games, Kampfer has seamlessly fit into the Florida lineup, earning himself a two-year contract extension.

#17 Derek MacKenzie

Adding some grit to the Panthers lineup, MacKenzie led Florida in hits throughout the season (272) and was Florida’s most effective faceoff man (52.8%). Recording 11 points (5-6—11) in 81 games, MacKenzie is set to play the first full-82 game season of his career.

#33 Willie Mitchell

The Panthers Captain finishes his first season in Florida with seven points (3-4—7) in 64 games played. The two-time Stanley Cup champ acted as a mentor for the team's young defensemen, especially for roomate Aaron Ekblad. A shot blocking specialist, Mitchell led Florida in blocked shots for the year (144). The 38-year old veteran was named Captain at the top of Torne Mountain during the Panthers’ preseason trip to Upstate, NY.

#35 Al Montoya

“The Big Cubano” earned a 5-7-2 record in 19 appearances this season for Florida. The 30-year old goaltender earned his first win as a Panther in Florida’s 6-2 win over Anaheim on Nov. 16. In the game, Montoya stopped 33 of 35 shots to earn the win.

#22 Shawn Thornton

A favorite among both fans and teammates alike, the two-time Stanley Cup winner played in 45 games for Florida, recording five points (1-4—5) and 50 PIM. Providing experience on and off the ice for the team’s youngsters, the tough veteran winger played his 600th NHL game this season, becoming only the third player in history to play 600 games in the AHL and NHL respectively.

Stats as of 4/10/15

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