The Florida Panthers were disappointed with their early exit from the playoffs under Jack Adams runner-up Andrew Brunette, and so they hired Paul Maurice in his place… a coach who has always failed to take teams far in the future. playoffs. On an unrelated note, you get an estimate that holds the NHL’s all-time record for most losses (hint: it’s not Brunette). We’re not here to ask why, we just want to know what to do with the new information.
Maurice was a successful coach for a while with the Jets, leading a diverse set of players over the years, getting a good offense from his players and a few years as a Vezina-caliber goalie from Connor Hellebuyck, but he didn’t. couldn’t fix things after Dustin Byfuglien’s departure. The Panthers have a better roster of players than maybe even the top of those Jets teams, so there’s a lot a coach can work with, although it will be tough for the Panthers to get past 4.15. goals per game last season.
The good thing for fantasy Panthers player owners is that Paul Maurice didn’t push his star players to overreach on the defensive end of the puck. This is great news for Jonathan Huberdeau, and anyone who finds himself on a line with him. With centers Anton Lundell and Aleksander Barkov able to hold their own at either end of the rink, it could be that one of them is moved to Huberdeau’s line and opens up a bit offensively. Going by Maurice’s track record in Winnipeg, he also likes to stack his best players, so I bet we’ll see an increase in Barkov’s offense next year.
With that, it could also mean Sam Reinhart moving up from the third line, maybe even to the front line with the big boys. That would leave Carter Verhaeghe, Sam Bennett and Anthony Duclair for the second row, with Mason Marchment and Anton Lundell as the main names for the third row. A Claude Giroux return would mix things up, as would a Patric Hornqvist trade (for capping purposes), so don’t go writing any lineups in stone just yet. They are difficult to project even when we know the full list.
One interesting thing to watch out for is that while Nikolaj Ehlers was one of the best offensive weapons in Winnipeg during Maurice’s tenure, he didn’t get much time on the power play. We’ll have to be careful with this stuff, because it could mean an attacker or attackers getting the same treatment. There is a limited amount of offensive time to go around as is,
On the other hand, looking at Paul Maurice’s 24-year career, he finished last in his division five times, while coaching a team to a 100-point season once. The Panthers are also going to experience a capital crisis over the next few years and as a result, they may not be as successful in the regular season. On top of that, Maurice has a history of his teams playing statistically more “fun” hockey than coaches before or after his tenures got them playing. In this case, “fun” means more events at both ends of the ice. The increased scoring chances at both ends for this team probably won’t help the offense much, but can end up really affecting the defense negatively, which means more goals against overall for the team. Something to consider when evaluating their goalkeepers.
Players it helps:
Outstanding attackers: Huberdeau, Reinhart, maybe Barkov and others.
Players it hurts:
Radko Gudas (heaviest defensive use of the group)
Defenders in general