7. Scott Mellanby
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 scored a goal later that night.  It made for a good story and that season Florida went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time and the fan favorite would see plastic rats litter the rink when the Panthers scored a goal.  Mellanby’s only two 60 Point Seasons were as a Panther.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Acquired: Claimed in the Expansion Draft from the Edmonton Oilers 6/24/93.
  • Departed: Traded to the St. Louis Blues for the rights to Dave Morisset and St. Louis’ 2002 5th Round Pick (which would be Vince Bellissimo) 2/9/01.
  • Games Played: 552
  • Notable Statistics: 157 Goals
    197 Assists
    354 Points
    953 PIM
    .64 PPG
    -13 Plus/Minus
    34.0 Point Shares
    12 Points in 32 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All Star Game Participant (1996)
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