The Florida Panthers have all the pieces they need this season to make the playoffs. Huge acquisitions in the offseason combined with depth in the organization sets the Panthers up to make the playoffs this season. The biggest problem the Panthers have faced over the last few seasons is mediocre goaltending. An aging Roberto Luongo and an underperforming James Reimer categorized the Panthers goaltending. In the offseason, the Panthers signed two time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky adding a much-needed boost to their goaltending. Moreover, they signed Noel Accari and Brett Connolly, two offensive powerhouses adding a much-needed improvement in the offensive that relied heavily on their top line. The addition of three-time Stanley Cup Champion head coach Joel Quenneville will also aid in the rebuild because he has proved he knows what it takes to be successful and can pass that along to all of the young players and veterans who may not have been to the playoffs before. Right now, the Panthers have the most depth in their organization in years. They had over 60 players on their roster for training camp, the most that it has been in years. Young players such as Henrik Borgstrom, have spent the last few years developing and are primed to have a successful season. After a disappointing last few seasons, the Panthers finally have all they need to have a successful season and make the playoffs for the first time in four years.
The Florida Panthers are a team that has not reached the playoffs in four years and there is no indication the trend will end this year. The Panthers are not popular and their fanbase is shrinking. In an average fan attendance ranking done by ESPN and the National Hockey League (NHL), the Panthers ranked 30th out of 31 teams. This can affect the mentality of players who might not feel encouraged to play and could play worse as a result. Even though the Panthers do have talented players like goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, it is not enough to save their average offense. The Panthers can become better, but it will take time and they cannot achieve the necessary changes this season. There are too many good teams this year the Panthers have to contend with to make the playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are tough competition in the Atlantic Division alone. For the Panthers to get a wild card spot they have to find a way to beat an extremely talented Metropolitan Division featuring teams that are expected to have better seasons than them. They need to reinvigorate their fanbase and sign more young, talented players to strengthen their offense. The Panthers are by no means terrible, they are just not talented enough to be considered competition later in the season. The playoffs are not in the cards for the Panthers this season as they need more time to be able to compete with the other teams in the NHL that are better.