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Rats Roundup: #CatsCamp edition

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers
The 2016 edition of the Florida Panthers prospect camp came to a close today, after a long week of learning, hockey and team bonding. Today's final session included the always-fun prospect scrimmage, pitting Team Red against Team White.

The game was split into 25-minute halves, and at the intermission, it was a 3-1 lead for Team White. But Team Red surged back in the second half, notching five goals in a row while getting stellar play in net from Samuel Montembeault. Adam Mascherin tallied a late goal as Team White tried to mount a comeback, but in the end, it was a 6-4 victory for the guys wearing red.

That wasn't all, though. The players stuck around and put on a show for the fans in the postgame shootout portion.


Of course, last night, they had another kind of competition. A highly-competitive matchup that ended in dramatic fashion. We’re talking about the prospect softball game.

The prospects were split up into four teams. In the end, it was Brian McCabe’s team that took home the title. Stellar performances from Jonathan Ang, Dryden Hunt, Riley Stillman, Juho Lammikko and others led to an undefeated record.

Check out last night’s Panthers Snapchat story (PanthersNHL) for full coverage. Among the highlights; Henrik Borgström breaking down his first at-bat, Bryan McCabe breaking down why his team took home the title, and Lammikko celebrating with a cooking dance.


Missed any of this week’s camp action? No worries, here are the top three things for you to catch up on.

- Jameson Olive’s camp notebook
- Steve Goldstein talks with associate coach Dave Barr
- Photos from the Panthers prospect skate with season ticket holders


The Cats held a presser with GM Tom Rowe and seven players yesterday. Five newly-acquired players – Keith Yandle, Jason Demers, Mark Pysyk, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessauly – along with the recently-extended Vincent Trocheck and Reilly Smith took the stage to discuss the team’s future.

You can catch the highlights here, or the full video from our archived Facebook Live coverage.

Later that night, they met with season ticket holders for a night of fun and autographs at the BB&T Center.


No GIF of the week in this edition. Instead we turn our attention to the cultural phenomenon known as "Pokemon Go." It's nice to see the game's developers keeping it authentic, with a wild Rattata showing up at the Panthers IceDen this week in an homage to the Rat Trick. So, thanks, Nintendo.


- Executive Chairman Peter Luukko threw out the first pitch at a Marlins game last weekend.
- Jared McCann was our first Reddit AMA – check out the highlights.
- A chat with Mark Pysyk
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