Top 50 Florida Panthers

South Beach may have taken over the Basketball word for a spell but there was a brief time in 1996 where an upstart expansion team made the Stanley Cup Finals and almost shocked the world of hockey by winning the entire thing.

The Florida Panthers did not win the Cup, but hockey historians still remember what they accomplished in such a short time and this should be celebrated. 

As such, the Top 50 of the Florida Panthers, even in their brief existence should be celebrated, but of course this is what we do best at Notinhallofffame.com!

Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.

This list is up to the end of the 2015-16 Season.
As of this writing, Roberto Luongo is on his second run with the Panthers and arguably a lot happier than when he was always under intense public scrutiny in Vancouver.  Luongo may have a losing won/loss record with Florida but during his first stint with the team he was not…
Playing for the Florida Panthers for 8 of his 9 NHL seasons, blueliner, Robert Svehla is as of this writing without question the greatest Defenseman in Panthers history.  The Slovakian star would represent Florida in the 1997 All Star Game and had four seasons where he would exceed 40 Points. …
Olli Jokinen is known for having gone the longest in NHL history before tasting the NHL playoffs.  That stint largely took place when he was with the Florida Panthers, his longest tenured team by far over his career, and for his first two seasons in South Beach, he wasn’t helping…
Can it be argued that the first pick of the Florida Panthers Expansion draft could not have gone any better?
Pavel Bure may not be ranked #1 on this list of all-time Florida Panthers but there is a case to be made for him isn’t there?
One of the best pure skaters in the game, Defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester has the ability to cause damage on the offensive rush as good as anyone.  Drafted 3rd Overall in the 2002 Draft, Bouwmeester played his first seven seasons of his career with the Florida Panthers.  Bouwmeester would eclipse 40…
The very respected Scott Mellanby has an important place in Florida Panthers folklore.  It was the rigged Right Winger who scored the first goal in franchise history and it was there where the “Rat Trick” was born.  In the locker room, Mellanby killed a rat with his hockey stick and…
A somewhat unheralded player due to his lengthy time in Florida, Stephen Weiss still holds (as of this writing) the franchise record for Assists and Games Played.  Weiss actually played 637 Games with the Panthers before he finally played in his first post-season game.  He would have two seasons over…
In his first season as a Florida Panther, Brian Campbell made history as the first Defenseman in over 50 seasons to win the Lady Byng Trophy.  Campbell scored over 50 Points that campaign and would receive Norris Trophy votes in three of his five seasons as a Panther.
Arriving from the Philadelphia Flyers via the Expansion Draft, Gord Murphy brought a steady blueine presence to the Florida Panthers.  Murphy was never an All Star, but he was the type of player that elevated the game of those around him and was a big part of the Panthers first…
A member of the Florida Panthers for the majority of his career, Nathan Horton would have three seasons with Florida where he would have 50 Points plus, two of which would have 62 Points.  This run would also see Horton eclipse the 20 Goal mark four times as a Panther. 
The career of Tomas Vokoun as a Florida Panther is not as celebrated nearly as much as it should be.  Perhaps it was because he led the NHL in Losses twice as a Panther and that he is known for the blooper clip of being injured by his own teammate…
A trade to the Florida Panthers would eventually place Viktor Kozlov on a line with his countryman, Pavel Bure.  Kozlov would enjoy the best success of his career with the Panthers as he had three seasons scoring over 50 Points including a 70 Point campaign where he had over 50…
While concussions turned Rob Niedermayer into a more defensive forward early in his career, he was still a productive two way player; especially considering that “early” in his career was all with the Florida Panthers.  Niedermayer was a large part of that Stanley Cup run and he was an instant…
The 10th overall draft pick form the 1995 Draft, Czech born forward, Radek Dvorak was young but he helped the Florida Panthers reach their first ever Stanley Cup.   Dvorak would prove to be a good two way player and decent on the shorthanded side of the ice, and was productive…
As of this writing there is still time for Dmitry Kusikov to become an NHL All Star, though now that he has been traded it won’t happen as a Panther.  Still, Kulikov provided solid defense for Florida while he was there and was only a fraction away from accumulating 25…
The winner of the Calder Trophy in 2013, Jonathan Huberdeau has reached the 50 Point mark in his last two seasons.  If the dynamic young player can keep improving his ranking on this list of the all-time Florida Panthers should greatly jump in the coming years.
One of the few players who have tabulated over 500 Games as a Florida Panther, Defenseman, Paul Laus was known for his rugged and tenacious blueline play.  The Beamsville, Ontario native was also known for his toughness and was a large part of Florida’s 1996 Stanley Cup playoff run.  All…
A Florida Panther for 199 Games, Defenseman, Bryan McCabe followed up on hi s run with the Toronto Maple Leafs to become the prime blueliner in Miami.  McCabe would have over half a point per game as a Panther, an excellent record for anyone who spent this many games and…
While it seems a little premature to put a 20 year old, two year NHL veteran this high on the list, the fact is that Aaron Ekblad has proved to be a very solid blueliner in his brief career.  Ekblad has done a great job on both sides of the…