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Rats Roundup: 2019 Preseason Schedule Announced, Reading Tour Kicks Off

by Peter Rossi /

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

The 2019 preseason schedule was announced, the Summer Reading Tour kicked off and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Hockey Is On Its Way

On Tuesday, the Panthers announced their 2019 preseason schedule.

The Cats will skate in eight preseason matchups, including a double-header in Nashville and two neutral site contests. Fans can get their first glimpse of the 2019-20 squad during two games at BB&T Center on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28.

For those interested, click HERE to join our single-game ticket priority list to be notified when tickets become available!

Check out the full slate of preseason dates below and click HERE for full information!

Sept. 16 at Nashville Predators 4:30 PM (ET) Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 16 at Nashville Predators 8 PM (ET) Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 18 at Montreal Canadiens 7 PM (ET) New Brunswick
Sept. 19 at Montreal Canadiens 7 PM (ET) Bell Centre
Sept. 21 at Dallas Stars 8 PM (ET) BOK Center
Sept. 24 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7 PM (ET) BB&T Center
Sept. 26 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7 PM (ET) BB&T Center
Sept. 28 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7 PM (ET) Amalie Arena

Crack Open the Books

Yesterday, the Panthers and Broward County Libraries kicked off the second annual Summer Reading Tour at the Main Branch Library. Fox Sports Florida and Florida Panthers broadcaster Randy Moller began the afternoon by reading Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet.

If you missed this first stop on the tour, don't worry! The tour will be making future visits to various libraries around South Florida, so head to for all dates and locations.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: First stop on our @BrowardLibrary Reading Tour: Main Branch in Ft. Lauderdale! @HeyRedDeer walked us through the alphabet in ���Z is for Zamboni���

Tweet from @FlaPanthersPR: ���This is our first stop on the reading tour with our partners @BrowardLibrary.��� - @HeyRedDeer on reading ���Z for Zamboni��� at the library today.

Road to the Draft

The 2019 NHL Draft will take place June 21-22 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The Cats currently have nine picks throughout the seven rounds of the draft.

Fans can stay up to date on the latest news and information regarding the draft at

Be sure to tune into this week's installment of Territory Talk for Part 1 of our exclusive draft preview. Doug, Jameson and Fox Sports Florida's Randy Moller took a look back at how the Florida Panthers have performed in the early rounds of recent drafts as well as where the team could go with the 13th overall pick in this year's draft.

Earlier this week,'s Jameson Olive checked in with the six 2018 draft picks of the Cats to see how they each fared during their 2018-19 campaigns. Click HERE to read more!

Quick Hitters

- Henrik Borgstrom was the center of attention on his draft day in Buffalo

- Jonathan Huberdeau recalls his draft day during the 2011 NHL Draft.

- Player Blog: Vatrano on World Championship, Playing with Jack Hughes.

- Dale Tallon look forward to an aggressive summer for the Cats.

- Get those votes in for the NHL Fan Choice Awards!

Tweet from @NHL: Always one of a kind, Keith Yandle and @JonnyHuby11 have one of the Best Handshakes in the League! 😂 #NHLFanChoiceVOTE NOW ������

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