Source: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
During a post-scrimmage shootout at last week's development camp Jonathan Huberdeau turned his back to one of the Panthers tryout goalies as if he didn't want to be bothered before spinning around and flicking the puck through the stunned netminder's legs.
The spectacular move elicited gasps from the fans circling the ice at Saveology.com Iceplex and spontaneous stick-on-ice tapping from his fellow prospects. Unlike most of the organization's past three draft classes in attendance, Huberdeau will most certainly be trying out that move for the Panthers this season as a 19-year-old rookie.
"He plays better with better players; he's got a presence out there,'' raved Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon, who took Huberdeau with the third overall pick in 2011. "There's a purpose to every play and every move. He's really a heady player and has got hockey sense that's really incredible.''
Huberdeau has dominated the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League the past two seasons with 177 points in 104 games, not including 48 points in 32 postseason games. He was named MVP for leading the Saint John Sea Dogs to the 2011 Memorial Cup.
Because he's under 20, Huberdeau isn't allowed to play in the AHL or ECHL, and Tallon has already gone on record saying he has nothing more to prove in juniors. So the lanky, 6-foot-1, 178-pounder is intent on gaining upper-body strength before coming to Panthers training camp in early September. He will also practice with Team Canada in Russia in early August.
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