Jonathan Huberdeau (born June 4, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for, and serving as an alternate captain of, the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected third overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Huberdeau as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
June 4, 1993|
Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL team||Florida Panthers|
3rd overall, 2011|
Huberdeau played Midget AAA hockey with the Ste. Eustache Vikings of the Quebec Midget League. He led the league in scoring during the 2008–09 season. After his performance, he was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2009 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Midget draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs. He scored a goal in his first QMJHL game, against the Acadie–Bathurst Titan. Huberdeau was the leading scorer among 16-year-olds in the QMJHL for the 2009–10 season, and scored on all six of his shootout attempts. In January 2010, he was named the QMJHL's scholastic player of the month. The Sea Dogs reached the QMJHL finals during Huberdeau's rookie season.
Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Huberdeau was 1 of 33 prospects selected to attend the NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in August. The prospects were invited to participate to try out potential rule changes the NHL was considering, and also to be briefed with information on security and professionalism to assist with their future careers in the public eye.
Huberdeau was considered a solid prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the start of the 2010–11 QMJHL season, and his strong play helped him move up the rankings. He scored 43 goals and added 62 assists in 67 games for the Sea Dogs. At the end of the 2010–11 season, NHL Central Scouting ranked him third among North American skaters, moving up one spot from the mid-season rankings. Ahead of the NHL draft, Russian-based club Vityaz Chekhov made Huberdeau the fifth overall selection in the 2011 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Junior Draft. After being informed of his selection, Huberdeau said, "For sure, I don't want to go there. I didn't talk to anybody about that."
The Sea Dogs captured the 2011 QMJHL championship and represented the league at the 2011 Memorial Cup. At the Memorial Cup tournament, the Sea Dogs earned a bye to the final game after victories in their first two round-robin games. In the final against the Mississauga Majors, Huberdeau recorded a goal and an assist, helping the Sea Dogs to a 3–1 victory. He was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and was named to the tournament's All-Star Team.
Huberdeau was nominated for three QMJHL awards at the end of the season, including the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player, the Mike Bossy Trophy as top professional prospect and the Paul Dumont Trophy as the QMJHL's personality of the year. He did not win any of the awards – Sean Couturier was named MVP and top prospect, while Louis Leblanc captured the award for personality of the year. Huberdeau was named to the league's First All-Star Team.
On September 20, 2011, playing in his second NHL pre-season game for the Florida Panthers, Huberdeau scored a goal against the Nashville Predators. He played five pre-season games with the Panthers, tallying three goals and one assist to lead the team in pre-season scoring before being sent back to Saint John on October 3.
Following the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Huberdeau made the Panthers starting roster for the 2012–13 season. He scored his first NHL goal on January 19, 2013, against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes on the second shift and first shot of his NHL career. Huberdeau would add two assists in the 5–1 victory to earn the first star of the game in his NHL debut. NHL regulations allowed the Panthers to keep Huberdeau in their lineup for a maximum of five games before they could either return him to his junior team or keep him in Florida. On January 28, 2013, after registering a goal and two assists in five games, the Panthers announced Huberdeau would remain with the Panthers for the remainder of the NHL season. As a result of his outstanding rookie season, Huberdeau won the 2013 Calder Memorial Trophy.
In the 2014–15 season, Huberdeau scored a career-high 15 goals and 39 assists (54 points) in 77 games played. After Florida's late-season acquisition of forward Jaromír Jágr from the New Jersey Devils, who was placed on Florida's top line alongside Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, Huberdeau recorded 6 goals and 15 assists (21 points) in 20 games played to finish the season. Huberdeau's assists total (39) was the most for a Panther since Stephen Weiss in 2008–09. At the conclusion of the season, Huberdeau was set to become a restricted free agent.
On September 6, 2016, the Panthers signed Huberdeau to a six-year, $35.4 million contract averaging $5.9 million per season. Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallon spoke very highly of Huberdeau after the signing, saying, "Jonathan is a highly talented and dynamic player who is another important piece of our team's young core. In each of his last two seasons, he has posted over 50 points and has developed into a key component of our team's offense."
Huberdeau as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
|World Junior Championships|
Huberdeau's first experience with Hockey Canada came when he represented Team Quebec at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He scored two goals and added a single assist in five games. He represented Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, recording three assists as Canada captured the gold medal.
Huberdeau continued his international success by representing Canada at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He scored one goal and four assists in Canada's 8–1 victory over Finland to open the tournament.
Huberdeau was born and raised in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. Huberdeau's first language is French, and he chose to attend St. Malachy's Memorial High School in Saint John, New Brunswick, an English-speaking high school, to better prepare himself for the NHL.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||61||15||20||35||43||21||11||7||18||22|
|2010–11||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||67||43||62||105||88||19||16||14||30||16|
|2011–12||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||37||30||42||72||50||15||10||11||21||18|
|2012–13||Saint John Sea Dogs||QMJHL||30||16||29||45||48||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|First Team All-Star||2010–11|||
|CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team||2011|||
|Calder Memorial Trophy||2012–13|
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- Beacon, Bill (April 7, 2011). "Islanders, Rocket goalie among QMJHL award winners". The Guardian. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
- PANTHERS ANNOUNCE HUBERDEAU TO STICK WITH CLUB https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=414681 Archived 2013-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
- "Panthers F Jonathan Huberdeau Awarded Calder Memorial Trophy". nhl.com. Sunrise, FL: Florida Panthers. June 13, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- Olive, Jameson (May 2, 2015). "Jonathan Huberdeau confident about future after solid season for Panthers". FOX. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "Jonathan Huberdeau signs extension with Panthers". NHL.com. September 7, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- "World Juniors: Canada 8 - Finland 1". NHL.com. December 27, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "2011 NHL Draft Profile: Jonathan Huberdeau". NHL.com. May 19, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
Even though his first language is French, Huberdeau chose to attend an English speaking high school to improve his academics and to help out if he made it to the NHL.
- Memorial Cup All-Star Teams Archived 2016-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the Calder Trophy
| Florida Panthers first round draft pick