Friday, February 3, 2017

Alumdate: Huberdeau returns tonight

The Florida Panthers just got a massive boost for their playoff push.

The team announced today that former Saint John Sea Dogs captain Jonathan Huberdeau has been cleared to play. Huberdeau is expected to make his season debut tonight after fully recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered in the pre-season.

The Panthers are also getting forward Aleksander Barkov back from injury tonight.

Florida, who fired former Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant earlier this season, sits four points out of the Eastern Conference's second wild card spot with a record of 22-19-10.

The Panthers host the Anaheim Ducks this evening at 8:30 p.m.

In other Sea Dogs/NHL news, Charlie Coyle is having a career year with the Minnesota Wild.

The former Sea Dogs power forward put up excellent numbers in the NHL's first half and now has 13 goals and 38 points in 50 games. The 24-year-old had 21 goals and 42 points all of last season.

Coyle sits third on the Wild in scoring behind Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal. Minnesota has had an excellent season and sits first in the Western Conference with a record of 33-12-5.

Below is a look at how former Sea Dogs (and one current) have performed in the NHL this season.

Charlie CoyleMIN50132538
Mike HoffmanOTT44181937
Nathan BeaulieuMTL4621719
Eric GelinasCOL26011
Tomas JurcoDET13000
Simon DespresANA1000
Thomas Chabot*OTT1000
Jonathan HuberdeauFLA0000
*Not on active roster

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