Congratulations, you made it all the way to Friday! Reward yourself with a quick little break to read this week’s Rats Roundup.
The biggest news from this week is Wednesday night’s trade, so let’s dive right into that. The Panthers acquired forward Jared McCann, along with second and fourth-round picks this year, in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a fifth-round pick.
McCann gives the Panthers another exciting young option at forward over the next few years. He’s got a reputation as a skilled playmaker with an advanced two-way game and great hockey instincts. And he made an impact with Vancouver this season at just 19 years old, so he should continue to grow.
Our own Jameson Olive sat down with McCann after the trade was announced for a Q&A covering everything from his transition from Canada to South Florida to what he’s going to ask Jaromir Jagr.
Here’s what he had to say about his experience playing against the Panthers this season:
"They played such a skill game. They move the puck well, and that’s the type of game I try to play every night. I know I still have to make the team and go to training camp and work hard, but I feel like Florida really plays my type of game."
Again, there’s plenty of great stuff in here, but that quote should make Cats fans excited, as an already skilled team is adding even more.
On Tuesday, Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko and winger Reilly Smith met with Sunrise mayor Mike Ryan, who signed a pretty sweet proclamation.
After an historic season, June is officially Florida Panthers Month in Sunrise.
You can check out photos from Tuesday’s visit here.
MIKE MATHESON: WORLD CHAMPION
The IIHF World Championship Finals were earlier this week, pitting the only two teams with Panthers against each other in Finland and Canada.
Despite a dominant tournament from Finland, this one belonged to the Great White North, thanks in big part to Cats rookie defenseman Michael Matheson.
He impressed all tournament long, putting up a 2-4–6 line and a plus-11 rating over Canada’s 10 games. The end result? A championship, and one heck of a personal accolade as well; Matheson was named the tournament’s most outstanding defenseman.
Barkov and Jokinen were also pretty outstanding, each putting up a point per game for the Finnish squad.
Both Canada and Finland ended the tournaments with 9-1-0 records – and those losses came against each other – meaning that the Panthers players didn’t lose a single game when they weren’t facing one of their NHL teammates.
- Our season rewind series took a look at Derek MacKenzie’s season
- Want to join the Roar Corps? Check out how to do that here.
- We’re getting closer to the new uniform unveil!
- The Panthers will have an AHL home this season in Springfield, Mass.
- Our signed playoff banner is still up for auction!