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Rats Roundup: Training Camp Begins

by Peter Rossi /

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

The Cats are set to begin training camp, preseason hockey is right around the corner and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Training Camp

The Panthers will kick off their 2018-19 training camp at the Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs today at 10:25 A.M. Florida will have 32 forwards, 17 defensemen and six goaltenders attending training camp.

The sessions are free and open to the public, so we look forward to seeing you there!

Click HERE to download the 2018-19 training camp roster.

The opening weekend schedule for the Panthers 2018-19 Training Camp is as follows:




Friday, September 14

Group A: 10:25 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.


Group B: 12:30 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.


Saturday, September 15

Group B: 10:25 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.


Group A: 12:30 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.


Sunday, September 16

Non-Scrimmage Group: 9:45 A.M.- 10:30 A.M.


Group A/B Scrimmage: 10:30 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.


Monday September 17

Florida Panthers vs. Nashville Predators (preseason doubleheader) 3:30 P.M. & 7 P.M. (ET)

Preseason Games

Preseason Is Here

Florida will open the preseason against the Nashville Predators with a doubleheader at BB&T Center on Sept. 17 at 3:30 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. During preseason play, the Panthers will visit the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 19 and the Dallas Stars at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 22. Florida closes out the preseason schedule with three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sept. 25 at Amalie Arena, Sept. 27 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and Sept. 29 at BB&T Center (7 P.M.).

Tickets for the doubleheader will be honored for both games, so if you can only make it to one or the other do not worry! Come out and see the first glimpse of your Cats on home ice for the 2018-19 season.

For tickets, visit

Prospect Camp

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Cats held their prospect camp at the Panthers IceDen. 13 of the organization's top young talents, including former first-round picks Henrik Borgstrom (23rd overall, 2016) and Owen Tippett (10th overall, 2017) took part in the camp.

Both Tippett and Borgstrom are eager to show the work they've put in during the summer to the Panthers top brass. To read about what makes them excited about this year's camp, check out Jameson Olive's feature HERE.

Panthers 2nd round draft pick in this year's NHL Draft Serron Noel is also looking forward to his first prospect camp and isn't shy about being a little starstruck.

After arriving to his first prospect camp with the Florida Panthers on Monday, the 18-year-old forward was stunned to learn he'd be sharing a locker with one of the team's top stars, former Calder Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad. Meeting for the first time, Noel said he kept his cool as the two exchanged pleasantries, but inside all he could think was "oh my gosh, it's Aaron Ekblad."

To read more from Noel, check out his thoughts HERE.

These players will rejoin the rest of the players attending the Panthers training camp on Friday when camp kicks into full gear.

Catch the Cats on TV

FOX Sports Florida will once again be the broadcasting service for the Panthers during the 25th Anniversary Season, with 81 of the Cats 82 games airing on Fox Sports Florida and the FOX Sports App.

FOX Sports Florida will televise the Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning preseason game on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. from the Amway Center in Orlando. The team's neutral site matchup will provide fans with their first look at the Panthers ahead of the regular season.

Opening night coverage begins live from AMALIE Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Panthers open up the season vs. the Lightning. All home broadcasts throughout the season will feature half-hour Panthers Live! pregame shows along with extended postgame coverage from site.

Play-by-play announcer Steve "Goldie" Goldstein returns alongside color analyst Denis Potvin to provide viewers with expert commentary throughout the season. This season marks five years in the broadcast booth for the Goldstein-Potvin pairing. Craig Minervini and Jessica Blaylock are back as hosts for "Panthers Live!" pregame, intermission and postgame reports, along with analyst "Red Deer" Randy Moller who will also return as analyst "between the benches" for all home and select road games.

Barkov Raises Eyebrows

NHL Network carried out its annual ranking of the top 50 players in the NHL, and Aleksander Barkov came in at No. 33, jumping up from his rank of 49 from last season.

Video: Aleksander Barkov comes in at No. 33 on the list

Barkov gained popularity last season, attending his first NHL All-Star game and being named a Selke Trophy nominee. The 23-year-old superstar for the Panthers hopes to only get better and lead the Cats back into the playoffs.

Quick Hitters

- Mike Matheson joined the latest installment of Territory Talk!

- Grateful Dead Night is returning on Oct. 20!

- Viktor E. Dash is getting closer so don't wait any longer to register!

- We're one month away from the Autism Speaks Walk!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We're one month away from the @AutismSpeaks954 Walk! Be sure to sign up and come visit our #FlaPanthers tent at the event! Register today ��

- Shawn Thornton and the Panthers helped replace a 9-year-old's stolen hockey equipment.

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