Recently, Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated compiled a list of the greatest players in the NHL by Jersey Number. On the list, a total of six Florida Panthers both past and present were featured.
Sports Illustrated’s list includes Joe Nieuwendyk (25), Jussi Jokinen (36), Brian Campbell (51), Jose Theodore (60), Jaromir Jagr (68) and Martin Straka (82).
Jussi Jokinen – No. 36
Wrapping up his first season with Florida, Jokinen finished second in scoring for the Panthers, recording 44 points (8-36—44) in 81 games. A shootout specialist, the slick Finnish forward’s skills were on full display in the Panthers record-breaking 20-round shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on December 16, 2014.
Brian Campbell – No. 51
Entering his fifth season with Florida, number 51 has yet to miss a game since joining the team for the 2011-12 season. Playing in 294 consecutive games as a Panther, not including seven postseason games during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Campbell ranks third all-time among Panthers defensemen in scoring (144 points).
Jaromir Jagr – No. 68
The man, the myth, the legend. Entering his 22nd NHL season, Jagr ranks first all-time in game-winning goals (129), fourth all-time in points (1,802), fifth all-time in goals (722) and sixth all-time in assists (1,080). Finding instant chemistry with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, Jagr recorded 18 points (6-12—18) in 20 games with the Panthers during the final stretch of the 2014-15 season. At 43 years of age, Jagr still has the ability to make things happen every shift, which demonstrates exactly why number 68 is an icon of the game.
Joe Nieuwendyk – No. 25
Playing his final two NHL seasons for Florida (2005-07), the 2011 Hockey Hall of Famer posted 26 goals and 56 points for the Panthers during the 2005-06 season, finishing second in scoring on the team.
Jose Theodore – No. 60
Theodore's 22 wins during the 2011-12 season helped lead the Panthers to the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Playing two seasons (2011-13) in South Florida, the Panthers were Theodore's last stop for his NHL career.
Martin Straka – No. 82
Although he wore number 28 in Florida, Straka went on to wear number 82 for the majority of his career. Spending two seasons with the Panthers (1995-97), Straka's best in South Florida came in the 1996-97 campaign, when he recorded 29 points (7-22—29) in 55 games.