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Rats Roundup: Catching up with Monty, Promising Prospects

by Peter Rossi /

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

Sam Montembeault called into Territory Talk, Coach Q stopped by the 31 Thoughts podcast and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Next Stops on the Tour

The Summer Reading Tour will make two stops over the next few days, making a stop today at Northwest Regional Library from 1 - 4 p.m.

Then, on Monday, July 29, the Reading Tour will head to Lauderdale Lakes Library from 1 - 4 p.m.

You never know who may drop in, so be sure to not miss these dates! There will only be two more stops on the Reading Tour so be sure to mark your calendars and check out

Bolstering the Blueline

The Cats agreed to terms with two blueliners this week, inking Ian McCoshen to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday and MacKenzie Weegar to a one-year, one-way contract on Thursday.

McCoshen appeared in 19 games with Florida, recording two points (1-1-2). The 6-foot-3, 217-pound native of Anaheim, Calif., played in 38 games with Florida's American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, producing nine assists.

The Boston College alum has appeared in 60 career NHL regular season games, all with Florida (2016-17 to 2018-19), registering seven points (4-3-7).

Weegar appeared in a career-high 64 games with Florida, posting career-bests in goals (4), assists (11) and points (15). The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, ranked second on the Panthers in blocked shots (103).

He has appeared in 127 career NHL regular season games, all with Florida (2016-17 to 2018-19), producing 23 points (6-17-23).

The Cats have also been active in bolstering their roster depth with eight RFA signings in the last two weeks. Click below to read more!

-Sam Montembeault Agrees To Terms

- Panthers Agree to Terms with 3 Players on 1-Year, 2-Way Contracts

- Anthony Greco & Dominic Toninato Agree To Terms

- Kevin Roy Agrees To Terms

- Jake Massie Agrees To Terms

- Joel Lowry & Philippe Desrosiers Agree To Terms

Prospect Pipeline checked in with two prospects this week, first with forward Justin Schütz. The young German looks primed to be a big piece of Team Germany at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships. And while a medal would be nice, Schütz is focused on a good showing to help Germany avoid relegation.

"I'm really excited," a beaming Schütz said. "We're playing against Canada, USA, Russia and Czech [Republic]. They're some of the best junior teams in the world. We just want to play good out there and show what Germany can do out there. We're all really excited to play out there."

But his hockey playing at the World Juniors won't be his only focus.

When he's not preparing for the World Juniors, Schütz will be fine-tuning his game with EHC Red Bull München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, which is the top pro circuit in Germany. A powerhouse team in the DEL, München has won three of the last four league championships.

To read more on Schütz's thoughts about his upcoming season, and what Panthers Director of Player Personnel Bryan McCabe had to say about the young player, click HERE.

Santtu Kinnunen used his second summer at the Panthers annual Development Camp in Coral Springs to get more comfortable adjusting to the rigors of an NHL-style training regiment, and of course bolster his English skills.

"It's my second year, so I've been really comfortable talking to people now compared to last year," said Kinnunen, a native of Lahti, Finland. "It's been really fun being the only Finn here. I've been making a lot of new friends, and it's been an awesome time. Compared to last year, my practices were much better, and the scrimmage was more physical and stuff. I like that."

Kinnunen was the lone Finnish-born skater at this year's camp, a fact he wore with pride.

He will take what he learned at camp, and some new English-speaking friends on Snapchat with him as he plans to spend the upcoming season back in Finland, working to earn a full-time roster spot in the country's top-professional league, Liiga. Making his Liiga debut during the 2018-19 campaign with his hometown club, the Lahti Pelicans, he accumulated seven points (one goal, six assists) during a solid 27-game stint.

To read more on Kinnunen's camp and thoughts on the upcoming season, click HERE.

The Full Monty

Less than a week removed from putting pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers, goaltender Sam Montembeault joined this week's episode to talk about his offseason training and more!

Quick Hitters

- Coach Q stopped by the 31 Thoughts Podcast to talk about the Cats' off-season moves, how the Cats stack up against the Cup-winning teams he led in Chicago and more! Click HERE to listen.

- Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson agreed to nuptials last weekend with his fiancé Emily Pfalzer. Congrats!

- The wait is over! Get your single game tickets for the 2019-20 season now!

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- This Throwback Thursday post from NCAA Ice Hockey was pretty sweet.

Tweet from @NCAAIceHockey: For #TBT, we feature this beauty from @punanen5.#wow

- Our 2019 NHL Draft Pick Matthew Wedman had a Q&A with the Seattle Thunderbirds about being drafted by the Panthers and more! Check it out HERE.

- You asked, we answered. Here are a special set of wallpapers requested by the fans!

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