Jonathan Huberdeau Proving To Be Lone Bright Spot For Florida Panthers

By Andy Schmidt
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers may be one of the worst teams in the entire NHL this season, but there is one major shining light on this year’s squad that should keep the fans’ attention.

Jonathan Huberdeau has continued his strong play during his rookie season, and is leading the team now with 25 points for the year. There is some hope for the Panthers this season in seeing how much more he can improve before the end of the year.

Huberdeau has been on a scoring streak lately with five points over his last five games, including scoring two points in each of his last two contests. I really didn’t think that a player of Huberdeau’s age would be able to hold up this long, especially during a bad season.

I have been proven wrong by his play and the fact that he could finish with over 30 points this season. That is a remarkable stat considering how poorly the Panthers have been as a team this year.

Florida hasn’t been scoring much at all outside of Huberdeau, so teams have learned to focus on the teenager. He is still just 19-years old and has a very bright future ahead of him. I expect the center to get over that 30-point mark and maybe even closer to 35 or 40 points by the time the regular season ends this month.

The Panthers have a player that they can build around at the center position, and hopefully injuries heal for the roster and other players are brought in. Florida could be a team that makes a quick turnaround next season with an ever-improving Huberdeau.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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