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The 2018–19 Florida Panthers season was the 26th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 14, 1993.[1] The Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention on March 26, 2019, after losing 6–1 to the Montreal Canadiens.[2] This was also the final season for Roberto Luongo, who announced his retirement on June 26, 2019 after playing 19 seasons in the NHL.

2018–19 Florida Panthers
Division5th Atlantic
Conference10th Eastern
2018–19 record36–32–14
Home record20–13–8
Road record16–19–6
Goals for267
Goals against280
Team information
General ManagerDale Tallon
CoachBob Boughner
CaptainAleksander Barkov
Alternate captainsAaron Ekblad
Jonathan Huberdeau
Vincent Trocheck
Keith Yandle
ArenaBB&T Center
Minor league affiliate(s)Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
Team leaders
GoalsMike Hoffman (36)
AssistsJonathan Huberdeau (62)
PointsAleksander Barkov (96)
Penalty minutesMacKenzie Weegar (64)
Plus/minusNick Bjugstad (+2)
WinsRoberto Luongo (18)
Goals against averageSam Montembeault (3.04)

Contents

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
5 Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
6 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
7 Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
8 Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standingsEdit

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
2 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
3 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
5 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
6 ME New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
7 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
8 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
9 ME New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
10 AT Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason schedule was published on June 14, 2018.[3]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[4]

2018–19 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
Note:
a Game will be played at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

Player statisticsEdit

As of April 6, 2019[5][6]

SkatersEdit

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Aleksander Barkov 82 35 61 96 –3 8
Jonathan Huberdeau 82 30 62 92 –14 40
Mike Hoffman 82 36 34 70 –24 30
Evgenii Dadonov 82 28 42 70 –6 8
Keith Yandle 82 9 53 62 –17 50
Frank Vatrano 81 24 15 39 –10 38
Aaron Ekblad 82 13 24 37 1 47
Vincent Trocheck 55 10 24 34 –9 54
Mike Matheson 75 8 19 27 –24 44
Troy Brouwer 75 12 9 21 –6 47
Jared McCann 46 8 10 18 –9 18
Henrik Borgstrom 50 8 10 18 –14 4
Denis Malgin 50 7 9 16 –10 14
Colton Sceviour 59 5 10 15 –2 15
MacKenzie Weegar 64 4 11 15 –3 64
Jayce Hawryluk 42 7 5 12 –8 16
Nick Bjugstad 32 5 7 12 2 16
Mark Pysyk 70 1 10 11 –1 26
Dryden Hunt 31 3 7 10 0 8
Riley Sheahan 33 2 8 10 –2 4
Bogdan Kiselevich 32 0 8 8 –3 12
Jamie McGinn 19 4 3 7 –5 6
Juho Lammikko 40 0 6 6 –7 6
Derick Brassard 10 1 3 4 –6 2
Micheal Haley 24 1 2 3 –2 30
Ian McCoshen 19 1 1 2 –2 8
Josh Brown 37 1 1 2 –3 28
Jacob MacDonald 2 1 0 1 1 0
Alex Petrovic 26 0 1 1 –8 24
Chris Wideman 1 0 0 0 –1 2
Maxim Mamin 7 0 0 0 –2 5
Derek MacKenzie 1 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Greco 1 0 0 0 –3 0
Riley Stillman 1 0 0 0 0 2
Brady Keeper 1 0 0 0 1 0

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Roberto Luongo 43 40 2,346:38 18 16 5 122 3.12 1,205 .899 1 0 1 0
James Reimer 36 29 1,805:11 13 12 5 93 3.09 929 .900 0 0 0 0
Sam Montembeault 11 10 591:24 4 3 2 30 3.04 282 .894 0 0 1 0
Michael Hutchinson 4 3 201:14 1 1 2 14 4.17 87 .839 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Panthers. Stats reflect time with the Panthers only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Panthers only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

TransactionsEdit

The Panthers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018–19 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23) To Nashville Predators
3rd-round pick in 2019
To Florida Panthers
3rd-round pick in 2018
[7]
December 29, 2018 (2018-12-29) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Michael Hutchinson
To Florida Panthers
5th-round pick in 2020
[8]
December 30, 2018 (2018-12-30) To Edmonton Oilers
Alex Petrovic
To Florida Panthers
Chris Wideman
Conditional 3rd-round pick in 2019
[9]
February 1, 2019 (2019-02-01) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Nick Bjugstad
Jared McCann
To Florida Panthers
Derick Brassard
Riley Sheahan
2nd-round pick in 2019
4th-round pick in 2019
MIN 4th-round pick in 2019
[10]
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) To San Jose Sharks
Future considerations
To Florida Panthers
Vincent Praplan
[11][12]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Carolina Hurricanes
Future considerations
To Florida Panthers
Cliff Pu
[13]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Colorado Avalanche
Derick Brassard
Conditional 6th-round pick in 2020
To Florida Panthers
3rd-round pick in 2020
[14]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Chris Wideman
To Florida Panthers
Jean-Sebastien Dea
[15]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) To Winnipeg Jets
Bogdan Kiselevich
To Florida Panthers
7th-round pick in 2021
[15]

Free agentsEdit

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Connor Brickley to Nashville Predators 1-year [16]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Alexandre Grenier to Laval Rocket (AHL) 1-year [17]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Michael Hutchinson from Winnipeg Jets 1-year [18]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Harri Sateri to Detroit Red Wings 1-year [19]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Jacob MacDonald from Binghamton Devils (AHL) 2-year [20]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Paul Thompson from Vegas Golden Knights 2-year [20]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Curtis Valk to Barys Astana (KHL) 1-year [21]
July 3, 2018 (2018-07-03) Ed Wittchow to KooKoo (Liiga) 1-year [22]
July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) Julian Melchiori from Winnipeg Jets 1-year [23]
August 27, 2018 (2018-08-27) Troy Brouwer from Calgary Flames 1-year [24]
August 30, 2018 (2018-08-30) Gregory Chase to Wichita Thunder (ECHL) 1-year [25]
February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24) Chris Driedger from Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) 1-year [26]
March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18) Brady Keeper from Maine Black Bears (Hockey East) 2-year [27]
May 16, 2019 (2019-05-16) Ludvig Bystrom to Oulun Kärpät (Liiga) 2-year [28]
May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) Henrik Haapala to Jokerit (Liiga) 2-year [29]
May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17) Vincent Praplan to SC Bern (NL) 4-year [30]
May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28) Rodrigo Abols from Örebro HK (SHL) 2-year [31]

WaiversEdit

Date Player Team Ref
February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20) Micheal Haley to San Jose Sharks [32]

SigningsEdit

Date Player Contract term Ref
June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29) Frank Vatrano 1-year [34]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Jared McCann 2-year [35]
July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06) Alex Petrovic 1-year [36]
July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25) MacKenzie Weegar 1-year [37]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) Frank Vatrano 3-year [38]
March 8, 2019 (2019-03-08) Serron Noel 3-year [39]
April 2, 2019 (2019-04-02) Ryan Bednard 2-year [40]
April 30, 2019 (2019-04-30) Chris Driedger 2-year [41]
May 15, 2019 (2019-05-15) Aleksi Heponiemi 3-year [42]

Draft picksEdit

Below are the Florida Panthers' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 15 Grigori Denisenko LW   Russia Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
2 341 Serron Noel RW   Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
3 892 Logan Hutsko RW   United States Boston College (Hockey East)
6 170 Justin Schutz LW   Germany Red Bull Hockey Akademie (Czech U18)
7 201 Cole Krygier D   United States Lincoln Stars (USHL)
7 2073 Santtu Kinnunen D   Finland Pelicans U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)

Notes:

  1. The Arizona Coyotes' second-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on August 25, 2016, that sent Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse to Arizona in exchange for a third-round pick in 2017 and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[43]
  2. The Nashville Predators' third-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on June 23, 2018, that sent a third-round pick in 2019 to Nashville in exchange for this pick.[44]
  3. The San Jose Sharks' seventh-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on June 19, 2018, that sent Vegas' fourth-round pick in 2018, a fifth-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2019 to San Jose in exchange for Mike Hoffman and this pick.[45]

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