The Florida Panthers have seen quite the overhaul in the past couple of summers. In that time, they’ve managed to bring in quite a few highly talented players, much better than anything they had iced in previous seasons.
One of the players that Dale Tallon acquired since taking over as general manager has made a bigger, and more consistent, impact than anyone else he’s managed to bring in in that short time. That player is Tomas Fleischmann.
Fleischmann has never been a guy to demonstrate much flash over his career, despite his nickname, but he’s been a steady player wherever he has been. He came over the Panthers as a free agent prior to last season, after his time with the Colorado Avalanche came to an end due to a pulmonary embolism.
Scary stuff, but Fleischmann has shaken that off and gotten right back on track with the Cats. He put up a great 22 points in 21 games in his time with the Avalanche. He picked that play right back up when he took his talents to South Beach. His first season with the Panthers featured a point total of 61 points.
Those 61 points were a career high for Fleischmann, with career marks for both goals (27) and assists (34). He was also a force on the power play for Florida, with 22 of his points coming when the Panthers were on the man advantage.
In 2013, Fleischmann already has 17 points in 23 games, including five goals and 12 assists. He’s well on his way to reaching the power play mark he set last year, with eight on the man advantage so far this year. Even better news for the Panthers is that Fleischmann is still just 28 and has another two years on his contract.
The Panthers have plenty of talent. It’s just a matter of adding the right supporting cast, and some defense, and some goaltending. If Tallon can strike it rich like he did with Fleischmann, this team will be very good in the near future.