Finally, for the first time in years, the Florida Panthers have made a huge splash in Free Agency, and we finally have faith and optimism in our team moving forward as they try to find a way to get back into the playoffs. GM Dale Tallon pulled off a lot of stunts Friday to build the team we all want to see succeed piece by piece. I will cover each and every move made this off-season by Tallon, this edition features Scottie Upshall.
If you ask any Panthers fan what was needed most this off-season, 9 chances out of 10 everybody will tell you offense. That is why after Tallon signed our starting goaltender, he went out right away and signed our next piece, Scottie Upshall.
Upshall, a native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, spent last season split between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Phoenix Coyotes, where he scored 22 goals, and added 12 assists in 82 games. Prior to this, he spent parts of three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he scored 27 goals and added 37 assists in 134 games.
Upshall’s ability to play on the wing is a great addition for the Panthers as he could play on a line with Booth and Weiss, his speed can be vitally used by Florida when it comes to getting the puck out of the zone and towards the net.
The 27-year old, Upshall was drafted in the first round, 6th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. In 361 career NHL games, Upshall scored 86 goals, and added 86 assists in 361 games.
Hopefully, Upshall can build off his good season last year, and florish into a well-rounded player that can score lots of goals just as the Panthers hope. Tallon is paying him 3.5 million over the next 4 seasons, so all Panthers fans can do is sit back, and hope for the best.