Today our Florida Panthers player highlight is a very talented left-wing player that has been with the team since his debut in the NHL. His name is Jonathan Huberdeau. As there is to take a look at this talented player, learning a little bit about him as a player. The time before the NHL and his introduction into the NHL. There will also be a look into his time as a Panther and his impact as a Panther. Now, it is time to take a look at Huberdeau, Panther player number 11. The Panther that is always on the hunt.
A Little Bit About Jonathan Huberdeau
Jonathan Huberdeau is 28 years old from St-Jérôme, QC, CAN. Standing tall at 6’1″ and weighing 203 pounds. His youth team was AHM St-Jérôme. During his time before the NHL, he had shown great skills as a hockey player. He looked like a young up-and-coming star before he could even get into the NHL. He got his start in the 2008-2009 season with the Saint-Eustache Vikings in the QMAAA league. His goals and assists totalled 50. Then in 2009-2010, he was drafted into the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL league. In the four years he played there he managed a cumulative average of 64.25 goals and assists. With those impressive stats, it is no surprise that Huberdeau had the skills and talent to make it into the NHL. Time to look and see his time in both of the leagues and the impact of Huberdeau as a player for the Panthers.
Intro to the NHL
In 2011, he was a first-round pick, selected third overall in the NHL draft. He was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Panthers according to Elite Prospects. According to Cap Friendly, he was originally earning $925,000 on his entry-level contract, which is one of the highest allowed as a base salary ELC. This is has become typical for a three-year entry-level contract, including one from a couple of months back with goalie Mack Guzda. During this time, he was still with the Sea Dogs as their captain. He was putting in the time and effort to perfect his skills. In 2013, Huberdeau made his official debut as a Flordia Panther player. Little did he know, this is where he would start to make a name for himself, breaking records and being the stable player for the Panthers.
Time with the Florida Panthers
When he debuted with the Panthers, there was no doubt about his skills or his creativity as a forward. Huberdeau was also shown to be a great offensive player as well as a stellar shooter. He has spent his entire career with the Panthers and proved to be a great asset to the franchise. He has also grown into one of the most talented players not only in the Panthers’ franchise but in the entirety of the NHL. In the nine seasons he has played with the Panthers, he’s averaged 21.5 goals per season. His average of assists per season is 45.1. The Panthers have been in the playoffs four times since his time in the franchise in 2016, 2020, 2021, and this year after their win against the Buffalo Sabers they have managed to clinch their playoff spot yet again. It is time to look at his impact as a Panther and how Huberdeau became one of the strongest players on the team.
Impact as a Panther
When all things are considered, there is no doubt about Huberdeau’s skills and versatility. His impact as a Panthers player is quite incredible. Recently, he has been breaking records for the Panthers franchise and for himself as well. He is the first player in the franchise to reach 100 points this season. Not only that, but he has also reached 600 goals in his NHL career. It is quite amazing to see him play with all the talent he possesses. He is a very hard worker and he is also very humble in what he does. Since he is the Alternate Captian, that shows his influence as well as his attitude as a hockey player. Huberdeau is and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with as well as being able to break records for himself and the Panthers organization.
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