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Rats Roundup: Chel Invitational, Huberdeau Makes History

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

The Panthers are taking part in the "Chel Invitational", some Cats prospects receive some high praise and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Huby Duby History

On Sunday, Jan. 12, Jonathan Huberdeau collected two points (1G,1A) in an 8-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to pass Olli Jokinen to become the Panthers all-time franchise leader in points (420).

Video: TOR@FLA: Huberdeau sets franchise points record

Video: Jonathan Huberdeau becomes franchise leader in points

"I couldn't have asked for better," said Huberdeau after the game. "Overall, the team played really good. It was a big win. We knew we needed it tonight. Obviously, on top of that, to be first in franchise history [for points] is cool. I'm going to try and enjoy that tonight."

Panthers teammates shared in their excitement for Huberdeau's milestone night.

"It was awesome," said Barkov, who set up Huberdeau's goal to tie the record. "He's the franchise points leader and it's unbelievable… When they announced it on the board, you kind of sat there and figured out what happened, how big of an accomplishment it is." To read more reactions from teammates, click HERE.

With Huberdeau continuing his climb up the club's record books, not far behind him is captain Aleksander Barkov.

On Thursday, Barkov passed Stephen Weiss for sole possession of third place in franchise history in points when he assisted on an Evgenii Dadonov power play goal in the first period of a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings. 

Video: LAK@FLA: Dadonov buries feed from Huberdeau for PPG

If Barkov and Huberdeau continue their torrid scoring numbers into the rest of this season and beyond, they will cement themselves as the top two point getters in franchise history.

Plug In Those Controllers

On Tuesday, the Panthers announced that they are teaming up with the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) for the 2020 "Chel Invitational."

Each team will each host a qualifying regional esports competition for youth and adults. Winners of those local events will receive a trip to Southern California to compete on-stage in a live finals event at DreamHack Anaheim. Scholarships, grants, and team prizes totaling more than $50,000 will be awarded.

Are you used to playing NHL20 on a particular gaming system? No worries, as the tournament will use EA Sports NHL20 for concurrent Swiss-style brackets divided by region and platform (Xbox, Playstation).

So don't wait any longer and register HERE for more information as the tournament opt-in closes January 31, with the Live Finals at DreamHack Anaheim on Feb. 22.

The Panthers all-day online tournament will take place on Feb. 15.

Good Luck!

Territory Talk

With a new week, as usual comes a new installment of the Territory Talk Podcast.

This week, Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive discusses Jonathan Huberdeau's record-breaking night at BB&T Center, with insights from some of his longtime teammates. The duo also looked at Florida's pivotal road ahead and the importance of coming out hot in those games. Plus, Panthers defenseman Josh Brown joins the show to talk about his sophomore season, love of Stars Wars and more! Listen below and head over to FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk to subscribe to the podcast.

Quick Hitters

- Big Congrats to Panthers television play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein on being named the NSMA Sports Media Florida Sportscaster of the Year!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Congratulations to our #FlaPanthers @FoxSportsFL broadcaster, @goldieonice on being named the @NSMASportsMedia Florida Sportscaster of the Year!>> https://t.co/bmAEzV3OLc pic.twitter.com/D3txFkxjzb

-The Cats announced a multi-year partnership with Ultimate Software.

Along with Ultimate Software, the Panthers brought children from the Boys & Girls Club of Broward to skate on BB&T Center ice earlier this week!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We had a blast partnering with @UltimateHCM to bring out @BGCofBroward children to skate on @thebbtcenter ice! ���😺 pic.twitter.com/KbvwVlzqKk

- Noel Acciari sat down with the NHLPA to discuss his first season in Florida and preparing to welcome his first child with his wife Kaitlyn later this year.

- Panthers Team Up with Florida Warriors to Support Disabled Veterans.

- 2020 NHL All-Star Jonathan Huberdeau took part in a player q&a with the NHLPA.

- Corey Pronman released his mid-season rankings for NHL prospects and the Panthers got some high praise. Forwards Grigori Denisenko and Owen Tippett received high marks among skaters and goaltender Spencer Knight got the highest marks for netminders. Check out the full rankings HERE.

- NHL.com named Joel Quenneville the Coach of the Decade.

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