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Rats Roundup: Cats head to Worlds, Select-A-Seat

by Peter Rossi /

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

Six Panthers are headed to the World Championship, we look back at Keith Yandle's 2018-19 season and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Cats Headed East

Six representatives for the Cats will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Championship tournament from May 10-26 I Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

Forward Evgenii Dadonov will represent Team Russia, Forward Frank Vatrano will represent Team USA, forward Juho Lammikko will represent Team Finland and forward Vincent Praplan will represent Team Switzerland.

Additionally, Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon will serve on the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group and goaltending coach Robb Tallas will serve as the goaltending coach for Team Italy.

These Cats are no strangers to international play, as Vatrano, Dadonov and Praplan have all participated in the World Championship previously. This will be the first year Lammikko will skate in the tournament, having won gold with Team Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championship.

For a full schedule of games as the tournament goes on, head to


On Saturday, May 18 the Cats are hosting a select-a-seat event at BB&T Center from 10am-2pm.

Tour the Panthers locker room, have a beer on us, select your seats for the 2019-20 season and more! RSVP HERE and we look forward to seeing you!

Blueline Rewind

Keith Yandle continued his iron man streak and garnered historic numbers this season by serving as the backbone of the Cats top power-play unit.

By serving as the quarterback to the potent power play, the veteran defenseman racked up a team-leading and franchise-record 39 points on the man advantage. A mark good enough to place him third in the entire NHL, behind only fellow Floridian NHLers Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

Yandle's offense contributions also helped him rewrite the history books for the franchise, as he finished with a career-high 62 points, which also moved him ahead of Robert Svehla (57, 1995-96) for the most points by a defenseman in a season in franchise history. Of those 62 points, a career-best 53 came in the form of assists, which -- you guessed it -- set a single-season franchise record for blueliners.

And to continue with his iron man streak, Yandle pushed his consecutive games played streak to 797, the fifth-longest in NHL history.

For more on Yandle's season achievements, click HERE.

Video: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Keith Yandle

After experiencing an up-and-down season, Mike Matheson knows he can come back stronger than ever to help the Cats reach their full potential in 2019-20.

"It's not hard to look at how the games went and know that I wasn't good enough this year," Matheson said bluntly. "I'm really disappointed in that, but at the same time you kind of just need to step back in the next little while, get away from the game a bit and then start fresh with summer training. I'm going to work like crazy and make sure I'm ready to go for next year."

To read more on Matheson's season rewind, click HERE.

Video: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Mike Matheson

Talk of the Territory

FOX Sports Florida broadcaster and former NHL defenseman Randy Moller joins this week's episode to discuss the state of the Florida Panthers defense heading into next season under the guidance of new head coach Joel Quenneville.

Plus, Yandle and Matheson join the show to talk defense and more! Listen below and head to to catch up on past episodes!

Quick Hitters

- The Panthers agreed to terms with goaltender Chris Driedger on a 2-Year contract extension.

- Mike Matheson and Aaron Ekblad visited Etaru in downtown Ft. Lauderdale to learn the art of shushi rolling. 

Video: Etaru Sushi Rolling

- Sign up now for one of our amazing hockey programs! Click HERE to learn more!

- Cats fans assemble! Download our special edition Avengers-themed wallpapers!

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- The Cats donated $100,000 to HOMES Inc. and one of the homes constructed through the program welcomed a family!

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