Team Recap: 24th-Seeded ’07-’08 Florida Panthers

The #24 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '07-'08 Florida Panthers.

The #24 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’07-’08 Florida Panthers.

First off, there was a bit of mistake here. This seed was supposed to be the ’07-’08 team, however, the simulation was done with the ’08-’09 team. I did not personally do every simulation and so this was the only mistake, I believe, made during this inaugural tournament. So, I will refer to this as the ’07-’08 team and describe the ’07-’08 team since thats what should have been used, but the roster listed below and which was used in the tournament was the ’08-’09 team…….(sigh) there goes the perfect game, but I’m still pitching a shutout.

  • Keith Ballard (D)
    • 8 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   +2   18 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   6 Stars
  • Wade Belak (RW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • David Booth (LW)
    • 8 GP   7 G   3 A   10 P   +9   40 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   3 Stars
  • Jay Bouwmeester (D)
    • 8 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   22 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Nick Boynton (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gregory Campbell (C)
    • 8 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   -3   25 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jassen Cullimore (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Radek Dvorak (RW)
    • 8 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -1   22 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Steve Eminger (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   Even   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Michael Frolik (C)
    • 8 GP   5 G   2 A   7 P   -1   26 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   5 Stars
  • Nathan Horton (C)
    • 8 GP   2 G   6 A   8 P   +9   23 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Kamil Kreps (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bryan McCabe (D)
    • 6 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   15 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brett McLean (C)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Cory Murphy (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rostislav Olesz (LW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ville Peltonen (LW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   29 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Michal Repik (RW)
    • 6 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Karlis Skrastins (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   6 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anthony Stewart (RW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Cory Stillman (LW)
    • 8 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tomas Vokoun (G)
    • 8 GP   4-4-0   3.25 GAA   .899 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Stephen Weiss (C)
    • 8 GP   1 G   3 A   4 P   -3   32 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Richard Zednik (RW)
    • 8 GP   4 G   4 A   8 P   +10   13 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 4-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 27
  • Goals/Game: 3.38
  • Goals Allowed: 26
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.25
  • Shots: 342
  • Shots Allowed: 256
  • Shots/Game: 42.8
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 32.0
  • # of PP’s: 6
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 16.7%
  • TSH: 10
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 80.0%
  • Penalties in minutes: 22

There are certainly better Florida Panther teams. So, success was not to be expected from this team. They didn’t have a chance of making it out of the 2nd Round.

1st Round:

Swept 41st-seeded ’21-’22 Hamilton Tigers, 4-0

2nd Round:

Swept by 9th-seeded ’71-’72 New York Rangers, 4-0

Under the direction of Jacques Martin, the ’07-’08 Florida Panthers posted a record of 38-35-9, which was good for 85 points and 3rd in the Southeast Division. The Panthers were ranked 20th in the league in goals for (216) and 14th in the league in goals against (226). Hockey Reference ranked Florida’s strength of schedule 28th in the league, and their SRS rating system had Florida as the fifth worst team in the league that year. The Panthers were nine points behind the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers offense was kind of “score-by-committee.” Olli Jokinen was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 34, leading assist-getter with 37 and leading point-scorer with 71. Nathan Horton was second on the team in all of those categories with 27 goals, 35 assists and 62 points. Stephen Weiss was third on the team in both assists and points with 29 and 42, respectively. David Booth was third on the team in goals with 22. Good plus/minus ratings were rare on this team. Defenseman Jassen Cullimore posted the highest plus/minus ratings at +21. Horton and Weiss were second and third in plus/minus at +15 and +14, respectively. The Panthers’ goaltending was mostly Tomas Vokoun, but Craig Anderson saw some playing time, as well. Vokoun made 69 starts and posted a 2.68 goals against average and a .919 save percentage with four shutouts. Anderson made 13 starts and 17 appearances and posted a 2.25 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. with two shutouts.

Up next is the #25 seed, the ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators!

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