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Florida Panthers Aaron Ekblad is Struggling to Develop

View the original article on Last Word On Hockey: Florida Panthers Aaron Ekblad is Struggling to Develop SAN JOSE, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Aaron Ekblad #5 of the Florida Panthers skates against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on February 15, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) One common mantra heard in the hockey world is “defensemen take longer to develop.” Three years ago, this couldn’t have appeared to be further from the truth for Aaron Ekblad. Selected 1st overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, scouts touted him as one of the...

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Despite Low Expectations, the Colorado Avalanche are Soaring

ST. PAUL, MN – NOVEMBER 19: Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrates with center Nathan MacKinnon (29) after MacKinnon assisted on Rantanen’s goal in the 3rd period during the Central Division match up between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild on November 19, 2016, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The big joke in the hockey world for the past year and a half has been the Colorado Avalanche. A once-proud franchise with tons of awesome stories in its history, including eight consecutive division championships, tons...

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Florida Panthers and Dale Tallon Need to Sit Tight, Keep Patience

View the original article on Last Word On Hockey: Florida Panthers and Dale Tallon Need to Sit Tight, Keep Patience PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Dale Tallon, General Manager of the Florida Panthers, speaks on the phone on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) In May of 2010, the Florida Panthers hired ex-Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon to take over those same duties for their struggling franchise. Hopes were high that he would bring the drafting and constructing success he had in Chicago...

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Win Streak Has Florida Panthers Clawing into New Year

View the original article on Last Word On Hockey: Win Streak Has Florida Panthers Clawing into New Year ST. PAUL, MN – JANUARY 02: Florida Panthers Goalie James Reimer (34) follows the play during a NHL game between the Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers on January 2, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.The Wild defeated the Panthers 5-1.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Through three months of the 2017-18 season, the Florida Panthers looked like the same sluggish team they were the year before. With just 12 wins through 33 games, the average hockey...

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