22-Year-Old Center – Tampa Bay Lightning
Richard Panik Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in May of 2011.
Panik set up two goals in Saturday's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh. The points are his first of this season.
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|Dec 7||WPG||Did Not Play|
|Dec 5||OTT||Did Not Play|
|Dec 3||at CLS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||4||1||14:00||1:28|
|Nov 22||at ANH||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||17:14||4:22|
|Nov 21||at SJ||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||3||0||15:16||0:00|
|Nov 19||at LA||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||1||0||14:53||2:49|
|Nov 16||at PHO||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||50.0||2||1||13:48||0:43|
|Nov 12||at MON||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||5||2||15:38||2:17|
|Nov 11||at BOS||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||18:22||1:22|
|Nov 9||at DET||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||13:43||1:25|
|Nov 1||at CAR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||2||11:01||0:39|
|Oct 29||at NJ||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||0||13:12||1:37|
|Oct 27||at FLA||0||1||1||-2||2||0||1||0||0||0.0||2||0||13:38||2:28|
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|Oct 8||at BUF||Did Not Play|
|Oct 5||at CHI||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||0||10:53||0:00|
|Oct 3||at BOS||0||0||0||-2||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||3||1||15:10||0:50|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Speed? Check. Size? Yup. Skill? Off the charts. Consistency? Well … And that's the book on Panik. There are moments when he channels his best Marian -- Hossa or Gaborik, take your pick. And then there are times when he floats around on his favorite pontoon boat. There are still too many of the pontoon trips for our liking, but if he could add some intensity to his game, he could earn a job with the big club in a couple years. He's AHL-bound for 2012-13 ... unless lightning strikes.
Panik is electricity on ice. He's fast and skilled with a seeing-eye shot and we're convinced he's going to impress during camp this year. That doesn't mean he'll make the team nor should he -- a year of seasoning in the AHL will do him a world of good. But it won't be long before he'll be given a shot as the Bolts' second-line right winger. And that's not a bad future at all.
Panik is an absolute magician with the puck and his hockey IQ is top-notch. But for all of the talent he brings to the table, he seems to shrink when the going gets tough. Maybe he just needs a little more time to adjust to the North American game. His upside is as a 30-goal, 60-point, second-line winger; that won't come to fruition for at least four to five years.
Panik was considered a possible first-round talent who slipped significantly on draft day. He's a great talent but he's a long way off. And like some other Euro players, he could be a boom or bust. But he's worth stashing away on the chance it may be the former.