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Rats Roundup: Ekblad's Table Tennis Skills, Offseason "Training" and more

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers



Welcome to this week’s edition of Rats Roundup! The weekend is nearly upon us, so take a few minutes this morning to catch up on the latest news out of Sunrise.

MCCOSHEN READY TO ROLL

Ian McCoshen was a standout in his three years at Boston College, serving as an alternate captain in his final year and putting up 50 points over 110 games with the Eagles. Now that he’s inked an entry-level contract with the Panthers, he’s ready to make the leap from college to the pros.

Our own Jameson Olive caught up with McCoshen at this year’s development camp.

"You take it day by day and you’ve got to earn your stripes," McCoshen said. "I just take it as is. Nothing is given. I’ve got to earn (a spot), and that’s how I approach it."

McCoshen also received praise from Panthers Director of Player Development Bryan McCabe, who was a pretty good NHL defenseman in his own right, and former BC teammate Mike Matheson.

Click here to read the full feature.

GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL

In last week’s Rats Roundup, we took a look at “Pokemon Go,” the latest cultural phenomenon, and its presence at the Panthers IceDen. Well, two Panthers prospects took that to another level this week, showing off their latest offseason training regimen.

Jayce Hawryluk and Jared McCann showed off their Pokemon prowess yesterday, running around the BB&T Center, catching a variety of Pokemon. And yes, Jared McCann did catch a Jigglypuff.

SUITE LIFE

In ticketing news, we announced the Kids Suite Package this week. The package is available for Saturday games in October and November, and includes quite a few awesome perks.

It’s got everything from special warmup seating to a visit from Stanley C. Panther himself, so if your young one is a Panthers fan, click here to check it out!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK


Say hello to table tennis superstar Aaron Ekblad.

QUICK-HITTERS:

- The Cats get a national audience on Feb. 15, as NBC broadcasts the Panthers-Sharks tilt that night.

- We re-signed Jonathan Racine (story) and Logan Shaw (story) this week.

- We've extended our radio agreement with 560WQAM!

- The Panthers portion of HistoryMiami’s Beyond the Game Exhibit looks incredible.

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