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Rats Roundup: Huberdeau's High Honors, 'Last Men In' Vote

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

Jonathan Huberdeau gets high honors from the League, fans can help send Aleksander Barkov to the 2020 All-Star Game and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Huby's High Marks

On Thursday, Jonathan Huberdeau was named the NHL's First Star for the month of December, as he posted 22 points (6-16-22) in 13 contests for an average of 1.69 points-per-game, which was ranked first in the League.

Tweet from @NHL: HUBY-DUBY-DOO Jonathan Huberdeau (@JonnyHuby11) had a December to remember. 👏Read more on @NHLdotcom ������ https://t.co/u5Hw7rIK8s pic.twitter.com/k6oYi1qIOo

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Jonathan Huberdeau is the second player in @FlaPanthers history to record 4+ points in consecutive games, joining Jozef Stumpel from Dec. 16-19, 2006. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/s26gvjuU6e

For the first time in his career, Huberdeau was named to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game roster on Monday. Huberdeau will also take part in the NHL All-Star Skills competition on Friday, Jan. 24.

Video: Jonathan Huberdeau named to 2020 NHL All-Star Game 

"Obviously it's great, I've always wanted to go at least once in my career. It should just be a good experience to go there," said Huberdeau.

Huberdeau has been experiencing a career-year so far this season, already recording his 250th NHL assist to past Stephen Weiss as the franchise leader, skating in his 500th NHL game, recording his 400th NHL point and more!

The 26-year-old native of Saint-Jerome, Que., also moved into second place on the club's all-time points list with his second assist on a Mike Matheson goal on Dec. 8 vs. the San Jose Sharks.

Video: SJS@FLA: Matheson fires shot home from the point

To see where Huberdeau ranks in Panthers franchise history, click HERE.

'Last Men In' for Barkov

With Jonathan Huberdeau already heading to the All-Star Game this year, why not sent a fellow Panther as well? As part of the NHL's "Last Men In" vote, fans have the opportunity to send Aleksander Barkov to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game as well by voting HERE.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Send Barky to the 2020 #NHLAllStar Game! Your votes can get him there! 🌟'Last Men In' Voting starts tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/HSXB2gpuPt

You can vote up to 10 time a day so do your part and send Huberdeau to St. Louis with some company!

Denisenko Goes for Gold

Grigori Denisenko and Team Russia moved onto the semifinal round of the 2020 World Junior Championship following a 3-1 victory against Switzerland on Thursday. Denisenko had two assists in the game.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Grigori Denisenko connects with Alexander Khovanov in front of the net and @russiahockey regains their lead! 2-1 @russiahockey #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/ZBYmgVNiL9

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: POWER PLAY GOAL! Dmitry Voronkov from Grigori Denisenko and @russiahockey takes a 1-0 lead at the start of the second. #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/pMDjSvWg1B

Russia will take on Sweden at 9:00 AM (ET) on Saturday, Jan. 4. Stay tuned to @FlaPanthers and @iihf_wjc on Twitter for score updates. You can also watch all the action on NHL Network.

Justin Schütz had two assists in five games for Team Germany and Spencer Knight suited up in goal for Team USA for five games, compiling a 2.49 GAA and .913 save %.

Knight and Team USA were knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinal round with a 1-0 loss to Finland while Germany is currently up 1-0 in a best-of-three relegation series against Kazakhstan.

Back-to-Back Cats

Following a big 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, the Panthers will be busy this weekend when they face off against the Sabres and Penguins on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Click HERE to read 5 Takeaways from the win against the Senators. 

Saturday's game against Buffalo has a 1 p.m. time change, so settle in at one of our Territory On Tap locations for some afternoon hockey. Check out which locations you are near HERE.

Then, on Sunday, the Cats are back in action in Pittsburgh against the Penguins at 5 p.m.

Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com for game previews, highlights and 5 Takeaways for each matchup.

Territory Talk

On this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast, Jameson Olive covered all the big news of the week such as Jonathan Huberdeau heading to his first NHL All-Star Game, the Florida Panthers entering 2020 on the cusp of a playoff spot and the IIHF World Junior Championship. Also, defenseman Mark Pysyk sat down in the studio for a good long chat about everything from playing multiple positions to living next door to fellow Panther Brian Boyle.

Listen below and subscribe to the podcast at FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk.

Quick Hitters

- Prospect Cole Schwindt was named the OHL's Player of the Month.

- Get your tickets to January games at BB&T Center with our 4-game pack!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Ring in the new year with our 4-Game Pack! 🎉 Attend all of the Cats home games in January with this special pack! #FlaPanthers champagne flute included! 🥂🎟��� >> https://t.co/WLbeprbK1z pic.twitter.com/7ZJije8l8Y

- With a new year beginning this week, explore the last decade in Panthers history with the Panthers Virtual Vault!

- There's no better way to ring in the New Year that by decking your phone out with new wallpapers.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: New year, new wallpapers! 📱���#WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/bkVus5wHeG

- Treat yourself like an All-Star and attend a Panthers game in style with our All-Star Suite Package!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Hey now, give yourself the all-star treatment with our All-Star Suite Package! 🌟🎟������🥤���🍔���MORE >> https://t.co/1bw243yhaH pic.twitter.com/UgPAmjO4Vl

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