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