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Florida Panthers development camp kicked off today and their general manager said what most of us are well aware of – Jonathan Huberdeau has nothing left to prove at the junior hockey level.
“Two or three of our kids will be in the lineup – Huberdeau can score,'' Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the media, via the Miami Herald.
“Now is the time to get him to the next level. We have to improve his overall strength, timing and get him playing with bigger, stronger men. If he plays another year in junior, that's really not going to help his progress.''
Huberdeau’s slim frame is the only thing holding him back. He certainly has the skill to be at the NHL level and probably could have played with Florida last year if he was bigger. He’d put up unlimited points if he was returned to the Sea Dogs this year and that isn’t going to do much for his development.
Huberdeau spoke to the media as well. Video via George Richards of the Herald.
Panthers camp continues tomorrow morning.
THE KID IS ALRIGHT: Jonathan Huberdeau to Make Moves with Panthers ... News and Notes from Prospect Camp [Miami Herald]
OnFrozenPhone: Dale Tallon Talks at Panthers Camp [Miami Herald]
Huberdeau will be on Panthers roster this fall and other prospects too [Sun Sentinel]
A Bright Future, Today [Panthers website]