The Florida Panthers 25th Anniversary season had its share of memorable moments and historic milestones. From franchise-best performances to highlight-reel plays, the 2018-19 campaign saw Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and more rewrite the record books. Enjoy the season highlights below and thank you for being a part of Panthers Territory!
The Florida Panthers completed the 2018-19 season with a franchise record 264 goals, scoring 10 goals better than the previous record holders, the 1995-96 Panthers. Averaging a franchise-best 3.22 goals per game average, the Cats were led by five players who scored 20 or more goals and for the first time in franchise history three players who reached the 30-goal mark.
The only pair of Panthers in franchise history to each join the 90-point club in the same season, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau led the Cats with superb offensive seasons and set records along the way. In Florida's season finale, Barkov broke Pavel Bure's 19-year-standing franchise record for points in a season, while Huberdeau's 62-assist campaign set a franchise record of his own.
Several Panthers joined Barkov and Huberdeau in setting history-making seasons. Aaron Ekblad became the franchise's goal scoring leader among defensemen. Mike Hoffman kicked off his first season in Florida with a franchise-record 17-game point streak, a run that eclipsed Bure's previous record of 13. Roberto Luongo continued to build upon his Hockey Hall of Fame resume by joining the top three all-time in both games played by a goalie and wins in NHL history. Florida's 2019 NHL All-Star Keith Yandle, the league's iron man, set numerous franchise records, including points and assists in a season by a Cats defenseman.
Finishing the season with a franchise-best 26.8 power-play percentage, the Cats were lethal on the man advantage in 2018-19. Ranking second in the NHL in power-play success rate, the Panthers had four players who notched at least 30 power-play points and three who tallied 10 goals on the power play. Each of those feats marked franchise firsts, while Keith Yandle's 39 PP-points led all NHL defensemen, stood at third in the NHL and set a single-season Panthers record.
The next era of Panthers hockey has arrived! The second-winningest coach in NHL history and three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach Joel Quenneville is set to lead the Panthers behind the bench. With "Coach Q" and an exciting core of players, join Panthers Territory today for what should be an exciting 2019-20 season.