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Rats Roundup - Matheson Puts in Work, Puppy Names and more

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers

Another Friday. Another week closer to hockey. Can’t help but love the idea that the ice will be back in the BB&T Center in just a few more weeks.

With that said, no ice doesn’t mean no hockey content. This was actually a pretty busy week for the Panthers – so let’s dive right in and see what went down.


Colton Sceviour was seen by many as one of the top depth forwards on this year’s free agent market, so he was a natural fit for the Panthers. The Cats came calling, and now the 27-year-old forward has a two-year deal to his name.

So, what does he bring to the table? Quite a bit, really. He’s known as a two-way forward with a good work ethic and a heavy shot. But don’t just take our word for it, take his former (and now current) teammate’s word.

Reilly Smith played alongside Sceviour with the Texas Stars – Dallas’s AHL affiliate – back in the 2012-13 season, and he was singing Sceviour’s praises at a press conference earlier this summer.

"Colton is an all-around player who was definitely — if not the best — one of the best players on the Texas Stars. He could be put in any situation and succeed"

Smith went on to talk about Sceviour’s all-around abilities, saying that Sceviour’s goal-scoring abilities and strong defensive game will give him an opportunity to immediately thrive in Sunrise.

Speaking of Sceviour’s former teammates, he’ll also be re-united with his former locker neighbor. For a brief stint in Dallas, he got ready next to the one and only Jaromir Jagr.

Our own Jameson Olive sat down with Sceviour to talk about his Dallas days and the big things ahead with the Panthers, so check that out and get to know one of the newest Cats.


Instagram launched its “stories” feature a few weeks back, and users are still getting used to it. Except for Mike Matheson, that is. He’s already really, really good at this new feature.

So good, in fact, that he took over CCM Hockey’s account yesterday to showcase his training. Training that looks, well, really intense.

Not only were there feats of superhuman strength in the gym, but there was also an on-ice portion. And a puppy. And since Instagram stories only last for 24 hours, go ahead and add CCM Hockey and check it out before it’s gone.

Suffice to say that Matheson, a literal World Champion, is making the most of his offseason.


This week, the Florida Panthers partnered with Ford’s Driving Dreams campaign to help stress the value of reading to local students. Reading is always a good thing, but when Randy Moller is involved? Well, that can’t be topped.


Penny Oleksiak is very, very good at swimming. The 16-year-old Canadian broke out on the international stage this summer, but she’s got another talent: picking awesome dog names. Case-in-point: her puppy back home is named Jagr.


- Want the coolest bobblehead ever? Come to our game on Oct. 15 to get your Jagr collectable.

- Area students flocked to the BB&T Center for this year’s Broadcast and Game Presentation Camp

- The Florida Panthers announced a partnership with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., and players Jared McCann and Steven Kampfer will be there next week

- The Panthers Radio Network for the upcoming season has been announced!

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