After missing the playoffs in each of the previous 10 campaigns, the Panthers not only made it to the postseason last year, but they also won the Southeast Division title. In the first round of the playoffs, they pressed the Devils to a seventh game before getting eliminated by the eventual Eastern Conference champions. In truth, the Panthers may have been overmatched after compiling just 94 points – sixth best in the east – and carrying a minus-24 goal differential during the regular season.
The future is bright in Miami, but the Panthers lost a couple of regular contributors in free agency this summer. Jason Garrison signed with Vancouver after potting a caree-high 16 goals for the Panthers last season, while Mikael Samuelsson opted to re-sign with Detroit. The Panthers acquired Filip Kuba in their bid to recoup Garrison's production, but it's highly unlikely he'll reach that level of offensive output. George Parros was also signed t
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