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6 Key Match-ups for the 2018-19 Season

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Panthers 2018-19 Season Preview

Florida Panthers 2018-19 Season Preview

The schedule is here! The Cats open the season on October 6th in Tampa before returning for the home opener against Columbus on October 11th

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Panthers unveiled their schedule for the 2018-19 regular season. 

With the Panthers celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, the time is now to start making plans to see your Cats in action this season!

Here are six matchups to keep an eye on for the Panthers in the upcoming season. Don't forget to circle your calendar and download our schedule!

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Florida Panthers Announce 2018-19 Regular Season Schedule

The Cats 25th anniversary season home opener set for Oct. 11 vs. Columbus

by Florida Panthers @FlaPanthersPR /

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today have announced their schedule for the 2018-19 regular season.

The Panthers open their 25th anniversary season on the road against their intra-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Oct. 6, before hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 P.M. for their home opener at BB&T Center.

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Panthers Will Look to Balance Out Prospect Pool at 2018 Draft

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - After shoring up their present, the Florida Panthers now look to the future.

Having already addressed one of their most-glaring immediate needs by acquiring speedy 28-year-old winger Mike Hoffman from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, the Panthers will head into the 2018 NHL Draft with five total selections, including two in the first 34 picks.

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Draft Memories: MacKenzie Weegar

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - MacKenzie Weegar was used to waiting.

After going undrafted throughout his junior career, Weegar's dream of hearing his named called finally came true when the Florida Panthers selected the offensively-gifted defenseman with the 206th overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, New Jersey.

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The Top 5 at 15

by Mike Lewis /

On June 25, the Florida Panthers will select 15th overall for the first time in the franchise's 25-year history.

President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon will have a number of choices available to him as the Panthers select right in the middle of the first round. In recent years, picking 15th has been a path leading teams to finding mainstay NHL players like J.T. Miller (2011 - New York Rangers), Cody Ceci (2012 - Ottawa Senators), Ryan Pulock (2013 - New York Islanders) and Dylan Larkin (2014 - Detroit Red Wings). Of the 10 picks selected at 15 since 2008, eight of them are currently playing in the NHL.

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Florida Panthers to Hold 2018 Development Camp from June 26-29

Camp to take place at Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs

by Staff @FlaPanthersPR /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club's annual development camp will take place from Tuesday, June 26 to Friday, June 29 at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Fla. All practices during development camp are free and open to the public.

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Florida Panthers Acquire Forward Mike Hoffman from San Jose

28-year old has posted four consecutive 20-plus goal seasons

by Florida Panthers @FlaPanthersPR /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have acquired forward Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Florida's 2019 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick and 2018 5th round pick.

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Draft Memories: Ed Jovanovski

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - There have been 215 draft picks in the history of the Florida Panthers, but only one "JovoCop". 

When the Panthers selected defenseman Ed Jovanovski with the first overall pick in the 1994 NHL Draft, the franchise added a player that would not only become a key piece of the club's miraculous run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final, but also one of franchise's all-time fan favorites.

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Cats & Coffee: NHL Draft, Awards; Preseason Schedule

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.

It's time to welcome the next batch of Florida Panthers.

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Draft Memories: Aaron Ekblad

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - After a long, dramatic pause, general manager Dale Tallon cracked a cheeky grin before finally announcing that the Florida Panthers had selected Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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