2012-13: 15-27-6, 36 points
Where they finished: 5th in the Southeast; 15th in the East; 30th in the NHL
Coach: Kevin Dineen (3rd season)
Key additions: RW Joey Crabb, C Scott Gomez, C Jesse Winchester, RW Bobby Butler, C Jon Matsumoto, RW Steven Pinizzotto, D Matt Gilroy, D Mike Mottau.
Key subtractions: C Stephen Weiss, RW Jack Sille, D Tyson Strachan, D Nolan Yonkman
Tomas Fleischmann – Jonathan Huberdeau – Kris Versteeg
Tomas Kopecky – Aleksander Barkov– Scottie Upshall
Sean Bergenheim – DrewShore – Bobby Butler
Quinton Howden -- Nick Bjugstad – Joey Crabb
Brian Campbell – Dmitry Kulikov
Ed Jovanovski – Erik Gudbranson
Alex Petrovic – Mike Weaver
Jacob Markstrom– Scott Clemmensen
Our take: After winning the Southeast in 2011-12, the Panthers crashed hard in Kevin Dineen’s second season behind the bench last season, finishing with the worst record in the NHL following the lockout. The Panthers also lost out in the NHL lottery, where they took Finnish center Aleksander Barkov with the second pick overall.
In Florida, Barkov will get thrown into the fire on an inexperienced roster that lost Stephen Weiss to free agency and is anchored by Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau, who last season tied with Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov for the league lead among rookies with 31 points.
The Panthers are hoping to be a lot healthier this season, but they head into training camp with injuries still nagging defenseman Ed Jovanovski and forwards Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim.
Throw in the fact they’ll begin play in the realigned Atlantic Division and you have a very long and dreary season in the NHL’s southern-most city.
Offseason Grade: C
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: No.