This year has turned into a lost season for the Florida Panthers coming off a division title last year. Florida was 13-26-6 going into Monday’s play and is the worst team in the NHL in a number of categories.
There will be a ton of work to do in the offseason to fix all the issues that this team has, but there is a bright spot as the regular season winds down — Jacob Markstrom has started most of the team’s games in goal since March began and while he isn’t winning on a consistent basis, he is learning things that will help him next season.
Markstrom is just 23 years old and is getting his first extended look in goal this season for Florida. He isn’t having a ton of success with a 6-13-1 record and a 3.26 goals against average. The key point to this is that he is young and this experience is only going to help him when next year begins.
The Panthers may not need to look for a new goaltender if Markstrom can show something over the final few games of this year.
I would still want to trade or sign a new goalie in Florida if it was up to me, but Markstrom is showing that he can be a decent goalie. It has been a bad month for him in April with a 4.52 GAA. It is obvious that those numbers won’t work, but this is the time of year where teams need to see what they have on their roster. Markstrom could be the option at goaltender in Florida next year if nothing happens in the offseason.