NHL 19: Florida Panthers Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Florida Panthers to glory with this roster?


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If it wasn’t for a regular slew of injuries, the Florida Panthers could well be playoff regulars by now. This season, they’ve been given a boost from many of their top players remaining fit, but with the likes of Vincent Trocheck and Roberto Luongo missing huge pieces of the season, the Panthers have had their problems once again. When fit, this Panthers team can push for a place in the postseason, and with so many young stars, it shouldn’t be too long before they can establish themselves alongside the hierarchy of the Eastern Conference.

Aleksander Barkov, Center, 88 OVR

Age: 23
Role: Two-Way Center
Height: 191cm
Weight: 96kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 92 Offensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Puck Control, Passing, Deking

After a couple of bumpy seasons coming out of the 2013 draft as the second-overall pick, Aleksander Barkov is now developing into the top two-way talent that the Panthers envisioned half-a-decade ago. Now the team’s captain, the Russian will look to build on his 78 points in 79 games and +9 rating of last season, starting this campaign very well with ten goals and 26 points in as many games. 

Aaron Ekblad, Defenseman, 86 OVR

Age: 22
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 193cm
Weight: 98kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: 90 Defensive Awareness. 89 Stick Checking. 88 Passing, Puck Control, Shot Blocking, Offensive Awareness, Endurance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist 
Shot Power

Still only 22-years-old, the first overall selection of the 2014 draft improves his game each year, building his physical and technical qualities on top of his immense hockey IQ. At the 26-game mark of the season, Ekblad is one of the few top-scoring Panthers with a positive rating at +2.

Roberto Luongo, Goaltender, 86 OVR

Age: 39
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 191cm
Weight: 98kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 90 Recover, Poise, Rebound Control

He may be 39-years-old, but the legendary goaltender can still put in top-class performances when on the ice. Roberto Luongo has missed a lot of time due to injuries over the last couple of seasons, but when he’s on the ice, he has an almighty and very visible impact on this young team which backup goaltender James Reimer simply cannot replicate. In ten starts this season, Luongo has a 2.71 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, aiming to eclipse his total game count of 35 in 2017/18.

NHL 19 Florida Panthers Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Florida Panthers’ first lines start. The Florida Panthers boast very strong top lines with even more strong players in the lines below as well. Here, Aleksander Barkov’s skill in the duel is invaluable, while the playmaking ability of Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad can be used to great effect when targeting sniper Evgenii Dadonov. 

Jonathan Huberdeau (86) – Aleksander Barkov (88) – Evgenii Dadonov (85)
Keith Yandle (83) – Aaron Ekblad (86)
Roberto Luongo (86)

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Vincent Trocheck

86

Two-Way Center

178cm

25

Right

90 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness

Jonathan Huberdeau

86

Left Wing Playmaker

185cm

25

Left

91 Offensive Awareness. 90 Deking, Passing, Puck Control

Evgenii Dadonov

85

Right Wing Sniper

180cm

29

Left

91 Deking, Hand-Eye. 90 Discipline

Mike Hoffman

84

Left Wing Sniper

183cm

28

Left

90 Acceleration, Speed. 89 Deking, Hand-Eye, Agility, Slap Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Keith Yandle

83

Offensive Defenseman

185cm

32

Left

91 Passing, Puck Control. 90 Deking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Michael Matheson

83

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

24

Left

87 Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength

Nick Bjugstad

83

Power Forward Center

198cm

26

Right

90 Balance, Strength. 89 Slap Shot Power

Mark Pysyk

81

Defensive Defenseman

185cm

26

Right

90 Discipline. 88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Speed

Alex Petrovic

81

Defensive Defenseman

193cm

26

Right

90 Aggressiveness. 89 Slap Shot Power. 88 Balance, Body Checking, Strength

Ian McCoshen

79

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

23

Left

87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Stick Checking, Balance, Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength

Mark Letestu

79

Playmaker Center

178cm

33

Right

87 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Jamie McGinn

79

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

30

Left

87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed.

Jared McCann

79

Two-Way Center

185cm

22

Left

90 Speed. 89 Acceleration, Slap Shot Power

Troy Brouwer

78

Right Wing Grinder

191cm

33

Right

89 Body Checking. 88 Strength, Balance

Frank Vatrano

78

Two-Way Left Wing

175cm

24

Left

85 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

Denis Malgin

78

Playmaker Center

175cm

21

Right

88 Deking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Colton Sceviour

78

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

29

Right

86 Body Checking, Strength, Balance, Stick Checking

Mackenzie Weegar

77

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

24

Right

87 Slap Shot Power. 85 Stick Checking, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Wrist Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

Michael Haley

75

Left Wing Grinder

180cm

32

Left

92 Aggressiveness. 87 Body Checking. 86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

James Reimer

82

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

30

Left

87 Speed, Agility, Recover

Henrik Borgstrom, Center, 74 OVR

Age: 21
Role: Two-Way Center
Height: 191cm
Weight: 84kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: Top 6 
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With Denis Malgin, Nick Bjugstad, Vincent Trocheck, and Aleksander Barkov, the Florida Panthers are pretty much set up the middle. The only reason a user would opt to bring Borgstrom into that group would be to replace Magin with a more defense-minded center. But, with another season of development, Borgstrom could fetch a fair amount of value in the trade market. 

The Florida Panthers’ prospect pool doesn’t boast many players in NHL 19, but there are a few who look set to make a difference on the NHL lines over the coming seasons. Aleksi Heponiemi, Serron Noel, and Owen Tippett all have decent potentials and already boast user-friendly attributes if needed.

NHL 19 Florida Panthers Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Serron Noel

62

Right Wing Power Forward

193cm

18

Right

Top 6 med

Aleksi Heponiemi

67

Center Sniper

178cm

19

Left

Top 6 med

Owen Tippett

70

Right Wing Sniper

185cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Riley Stillman

58

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

20

Left

7th D med

Linus Nassen

61

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

20

Left

Bottom 6 med

Jonathan Ang

62

Two-Way Center

178cm

20

Right

AHL Top 2 high

Patrick Bajkov

63

Right Wing Playmaker

185cm

20

Right

Top 9 med

Thomas Schemitsch

68

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

21

Right

7th D med

Samuel Montembeault

70

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

21

Left

Fringe Starter med

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