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Rats Roundup: Barkov Wins the Byng, Draft Day

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

Aleksander Barkov was awarded the Lady Byng, the 2019 NHL Draft is here and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Barkov Nabs Byng

Aleksander Barkov is heading back to Finland with some extra hardware. On Wednesday night at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, the Panthers captain was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given annually to the "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

It was the third time Barkov has been nominated for the award over the past four seasons, and his first win.

Fans will remember Barkov's incredible 2018-19 season, in which he set a new franchise record for points in a season, as well as set career-best numbers in goals (35), assists (61), points (96), power-play goals (13), power-play points (31) and faceoff win percentage (53.69).

What is also amazing about the win is that Barkov is only the second Finnish-born NHL player in history to receive the Lady Byng and the youngest European-born player to do so. The only other Panther to win the Lady Byng in franchise history was Brian Campbell in the 2011-12 season.

With this award under his belt, Barkov still has his eyes set on the biggest trophy of them all...a Stanley Cup. Click HERE to read more.

Video: 2019 Lady Byng Trophy Winner: Aleksander Barkov

Cats Draft

The 2019 NHL Draft kicks off tonight at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C at 8 p.m. The Panthers currently are set to have nine selections throughout the second rounds of the draft, with the 13th overall pick during tonight's first round.

Video: 2019 NHL Draft: Pre Interviews

To stay up to date on the latest mock drafts, Territory Talk podcasts, prospect rankings and news throughout the weekend, be sure to stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com/DraftCentral.

For fans looking to watch who the Cats will take with the 13th overall pick, you can head to Bokamper's (Ft. Lauderdale, Miramar or Plantation locations), Funky Buddha Brewery or B Square Burgers.

For a full list of Territory On Tap locations, head to FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryOnTap

Development Camp

Right after the NHL Draft, the Cats will host their 2019 development camp at the Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, FL from June 27-30.

All practices during development camp are free and open to the public! On-ice practice sessions camp are set for the following days and times:

Thursday, June 27

Red Squad - 1:55 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.

Blue Squad - 3:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.

Friday, June 28

Blue Squad - 8:40 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.

Red Squad - 10:40 A.M. - 12:25 P.M.

Saturday, June 29

Red Squad - 8:40 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.

Blue Squad - 10:40 A.M. - 12:25 P.M.

Sunday, June 30

Red/Blue Squad Scrimmage - 9 A.M. - 11 A.M.

Don't worry if you can't make it to Sunday's scrimmage, as it will be available via livestream on the Florida Panthers official Facebookpage!

Hockey is for Everyone

Last Saturday, to celebrate the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" initiative and to show support of the LGBT+ community during Pride Month, over 50 Panthers front office employees and their families marched in the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors. 

Video: FLA celebrates Hockey is for everyone and Pride Month

Quick Hitters

- 2019 NHL Mock Draft Compilation: Who Could the Panthers Pick at 13?

Panthers Exploring All Options at 2019 NHL Draft.

- My Draft Day: Jayce Hawryluk

- Territory Talk: Part 2 of our 2019 NHL Draft Preview

- Complete this form to secure your spot on the single game ticket priority list and be the first to know when single game tickets for the 2019-20 season become available!

- Final calls to RSVP for ROAR Corps auditions for the 2019-20 squad!

Tweet from @ROARCorps: Want to experience the ice from our perspective?! 👀 RSVP for auditions this Saturday and that could be you! https://t.co/m7MokGiaBa #OneTerritory #FlaPanthers pic.twitter.com/bHvWXPGQEQ

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