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Rats Roundup: Dad Squad Shines, Matheson takes NY

Everything you may have missed this week in Panthers content

by Kyle Morrison / FloridaPanthers.com

Kickstarter idea: Get the #DadSquad on every road trip the rest of the way.

The Panthers invited the players' fathers along on the previous road trip, which they swept with a 3-0 win in New Jersey and a 2-1 win the other night at Barclays Center. Don't look now, but the Cats have won their last four road games.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Dad Squad lookin' fly (again) tonight. �� pic.twitter.com/qUSdhXHIy9

Video: Condensed Game: Panthers @ Devils

Video: Condensed Game: Panthers @ Islanders

The Panthers hope to parlay that success into wins on home ice tonight and tomorrow. But before we look forward, let's take a look back at an eventful week in Cats content!

Trocheck named an All-Star

Vincent Trocheck has become a key cog in Tom Rowe's lineup this season - leading the team's forwards with 21:35 average TOI and 120 shots on goal - and his effort was rewarded this week, as he was named an NHL All-Star. 

The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native has 12 goals in 43 games for the Cats this year, which ties him for the team lead. He's also come through at big moments - with an overtime goal and two game-deciding shootout goals.

Video: FLA@NJD: Trocheck pots overtime winner off rebound

Video: BUF@FLA: Trocheck goes five-hole to beat Lehner in SO

We'll have full coverage of Trocheck's NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on FloridaPanthers.com and our social media pages, so stay tuned!

Click here for full All-Star rosters. 

Matheson takes the Big Apple

Rookie defenseman Michael Matheson stopped by the NHL Store in New York this week on the team's off-day between games.

Tweet from @NHLstoreNYC: Thanks to @FlaPanthers' @mmatheson19 for visiting us today! Stay tuned for his signed jersey giveaway! pic.twitter.com/QS2zmpGgqL

The trip wasn't just about signing jerseys and check out merchandise, though. He also swung by the NHL's league offices to learn more about the NHL/NHLPA's Core Development Program, which aims to set players up for life after hockey.

Matheson graduated from Boston College with a degree in psychology, and he intends to use that to help hockey players after his playing days are done.

"I've always thought of staying in hockey (when I retire) and using psychology with hockey," Matheson said. "I find it interesting that everyone talks so much about how it's such a mental game. We spend so much time and effort on training our body and never really on the mental side of the game. I think I'd like to take my degree and keep it involved in hockey."

Learn more about his trip - plus the charity aspect of the Core Development Program - in this NHL.com piece by Mike Morreale from earlier this week

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