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Panthers on brink of embarrassing record

Apr 8, 2014, 10:10 AM EST

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 01: Scottie Upshall #19 of the Florida Panthers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 1, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Florida Panthers weren’t the worst team this season, but they were certainly close. Acquiring goaltender Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks gives them more credibility, but their core of forwards remains a serious concern.

They do have some promising young talent like Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, but you need only look at the record they’re on the cusp of breaking to realize that much more work needs to be done.

With three games left in the Panthers schedule, Scottie Upshall leads the team with just 36 points. The record for the fewest points in an 82-game season by a team scoring leader is 39. To make matters worse the record-holder, Scott Pellerin, achieved that dubious distinction while playing for the 2000-01 Minnesota Wild in their expansion season.

Pellerin also spent part of the season with Carolina and consequently got those 39 points in 58 games with the Wild. By comparison, Upshall has participated in 73 contests in 2013-14.

“It’s kind of embarrassing that we don’t even have a guy with 40 points,” Upshall admitted, per the Miami Herald. “There’s no leading scorers on this team. We all have to realize we need to be better. You chip away, learn to bury your chances.”

Florida has a couple of other players that might save them from the record in 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad (35 points) and defenseman Brian Campbell (35). Brad Boyes has 34 points, but has missed the team’s last two games with a back injury.

At least they know that they can’t do much worse in this regard next season.

  1. georgejarkko - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    “There’s no leading scorers on this team.”

    There’s no leading anythings on that team.

    • runhigh24 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      They might have the leading player twitter account. That has to be good for something.

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I don’t follow the Panthers much, like most people. But what happened to Huberdeau? He scored more points in 20 fewer games last year. Granted his +/- got better so that makes you think he’s more defensive minded than last year. Is everyone around him that much worse than last year? Or just chalk it up to Sophmore slump? Or was last year skewed playing only Eastern conference teams?

    • Mut - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Hip injury, had surgery in the offseason, didn’t get enough time to recover really. Hasn’t been the same since.

  3. dipthatchip - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    where has Fleischmann been? Injured?

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    dipthatchip

    fleischman … crusty jock … yeast infection …

    gonna cost panther’s insurer a lot of dough

  5. elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Not good news that even with a number of good young players they aren’t at least finding ways to have someone hot enough to break 40 points so far. They may get there, but it sure seems like they have a long way to go.

  6. chunkala - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    MOVE THE TEAM!

  7. greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I’ll give the Panthers this, they are building the team the right way. Like mentioned in this post, they have some young talent. The way to win Cups (or at least make deep playoff runs) is to go the route the Penguins and Blackhawks did. Bottom out and be terrible for a few years and hit on your draft picks. Them again, this doesn’t surprise me that they are taking this route because the GM who created the Blackhawks (Tallon) from what they were (Panthers now) to perrinial Cup contenders.

  8. longlivethewhale - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Even the expansion Thrashers had two guys (Andrew Brunette 50 points, Ray Ferraro 44) who appeared more often. If that’s not a standard for futility I don’t know what is…

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Brunette actually had a decent career when he left Atlanta for Minnesota…

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