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1993–94 Florida Panthers season

 

1993–94 Florida Panthers season

The 1993–94 Florida Panthers season was the Panthers' first season. Blockbuster Video magnate H. Wayne Huizenga was awarded an NHL franchise for his native Miami in 1992. The team played at the Miami Arena, and its first major stars were New York Rangers goaltender castoff John Vanbiesbrouck, rookie Rob Niedermayer, and Scott Mellanby, who scored 30 goals during the regular season.

Offseason

Expansion Draft

# Player Drafted from Drafted by
1. John Vanbiesbrouck (G) Vancouver Canucks Florida Panthers
4. Mark Fitzpatrick (G) Quebec Nordiques Florida Panthers
5. Daren Puppa (G) Toronto Maple Leafs Florida Panthers
7. Milan Tichy (D) Chicago Blackhawks Florida Panthers
10. Paul Laus (D) Pittsburgh Penguins Florida Panthers
12. Joe Cirella (D) New York Rangers Florida Panthers
13. Alexander Godynyuk (D) Calgary Flames Florida Panthers
15. Gord Murphy (D) Dallas Stars Florida Panthers
18. Steve Bancroft (D) Winnipeg Jets Florida Panthers
20. Stephane Richer (D) Boston Bruins Florida Panthers
21. Gord Hynes (D) Philadelphia Flyers Florida Panthers
24. Tom Fitzgerald (C/RW) New York Islanders Florida Panthers
25. Jesse Belanger (C) Montreal Canadiens Florida Panthers
27. Scott Levins (C) Winnipeg Jets Florida Panthers
30. Scott Mellanby (RW) Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers
32. Brian Skrudland (C) Calgary Flames Florida Panthers
33. Mike Hough (LW) Washington Capitals Florida Panthers
35. Dave Lowry (LW) St. Louis Blues Florida Panthers
38. Bill Lindsay (LW) Quebec Nordiques Florida Panthers
40. Andrei Lomakin (RW) Philadelphia Flyers Florida Panthers
41. Randy Gilhen (C) Tampa Bay Lightning Florida Panthers
43. Doug Barrault (LW) Dallas Stars Florida Panthers
46. Marc Labelle (LW) Ottawa Senators Florida Panthers
48. Pete Stauber (LW) Detroit Red Wings Florida Panthers

NHL Draft

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1. 5. Rob Niedermayer (C)  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

Regular season

The Panthers had one of the most successful first seasons of any expansion team, finishing one point below .500 and narrowly missing out on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers finished with the most ties (17) of all 26 teams.[1]

Season standings

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 z-New York Rangers 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
2 3 New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
3 7 Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
4 8 New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
5 9 Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
6 10 Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
7 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71

[2] Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game log

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 6, 1993 4–4 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1993–94) 0–0–1
2 L October 7, 1993 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1993–94) 0–1–1
3 W October 9, 1993 2–0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 1–1–1
4 L October 12, 1993 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 1–2–1
5 W October 14, 1993 5–4 Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 2–2–1
6 T October 17, 1993 3–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 2–2–2
7 T October 19, 1993 2–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1993–94) 2–2–3
8 L October 21, 1993 3–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1993–94) 2–3–3
9 L October 23, 1993 1–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 2–4–3
10 L October 26, 1993 2–5 Winnipeg Jets (1993–94) 2–5–3
11 W October 28, 1993 5–2 New York Islanders (1993–94) 3–5–3
12 W October 30, 1993 2–1 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 4–5–3
13 L November 2, 1993 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 4–6–3
14 L November 3, 1993 3–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1993–94) 4–7–3
15 W November 7, 1993 3–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 5–7–3
16 W November 10, 1993 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 6–7–3
17 W November 11, 1993 5–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 7–7–3
18 L November 14, 1993 2–5 Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 7–8–3
19 L November 16, 1993 2–4 New York Rangers (1993–94) 7–9–3
20 L November 18, 1993 2–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1993–94) 7–10–3
21 W November 20, 1993 4–3 Washington Capitals (1993–94) 8–10–3
22 L November 23, 1993 1–2 OT Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 8–11–3
23 L November 26, 1993 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1993–94) 8–12–3
24 L November 27, 1993 0–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 8–13–3
25 W December 2, 1993 2–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 9–13–3
26 L December 5, 1993 1–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1993–94) 9–14–3
27 W December 7, 1993 3–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993–94) 10–14–3
28 W December 8, 1993 6–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1993–94) 11–14–3
29 W December 10, 1993 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1993–94) 12–14–3
30 T December 12, 1993 4–4 OT @ Dallas Stars (1993–94) 12–14–4
31 T December 15, 1993 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 12–14–5
32 L December 19, 1993 1–2 OT Boston Bruins (1993–94) 12–15–5
33 W December 22, 1993 3–2 New York Rangers (1993–94) 13–15–5
34 W December 26, 1993 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 14–15–5
35 T December 28, 1993 3–3 OT @ Washington Capitals (1993–94) 14–15–6
36 W December 29, 1993 5–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 15–15–6
37 W January 1, 1994 4–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993–94) 16–15–6
38 L January 3, 1994 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1993–94) 16–16–6
39 L January 7, 1994 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 16–17–6
40 T January 8, 1994 2–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1993–94) 16–17–7
41 T January 13, 1994 2–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 16–17–8
42 W January 15, 1994 5–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 17–17–8
43 W January 17, 1994 2–1 @ New York Islanders (1993–94) 18–17–8
44 W January 19, 1994 5–1 Washington Capitals (1993–94) 19–17–8
45 W January 24, 1994 8–3 Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 20–17–8
46 T January 26, 1994 1–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 20–17–9
47 T January 28, 1994 3–3 OT San Jose Sharks (1993–94) 20–17–10
48 W January 30, 1994 3–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 21–17–10
49 L February 1, 1994 1–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 21–18–10
50 W February 2, 1994 4–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 22–18–10
51 L February 4, 1994 2–7 Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 22–19–10
52 W February 6, 1994 3–0 Boston Bruins (1993–94) 23–19–10
53 L February 10, 1994 3–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 23–20–10
54 W February 12, 1994 4–3 @ New York Islanders (1993–94) 24–20–10
55 W February 13, 1994 2–1 Vancouver Canucks (1993–94) 25–20–10
56 L February 16, 1994 3–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1993–94) 25–21–10
57 L February 18, 1994 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 25–22–10
58 L February 20, 1994 3–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1993–94) 25–23–10
59 W February 22, 1994 3–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1993–94) 26–23–10
60 L February 24, 1994 1–2 Washington Capitals (1993–94) 26–24–10
61 L February 26, 1994 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1993–94) 26–25–10
62 L February 28, 1994 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 26–26–10
63 L March 2, 1994 2–3 New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 26–27–10
64 L March 4, 1994 1–2 Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 26–28–10
65 W March 7, 1994 2–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1993–94) 27–28–10
66 W March 9, 1994 5–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1993–94) 28–28–10
67 L March 11, 1994 2–4 @ Calgary Flames (1993–94) 28–29–10
68 W March 14, 1994 2–1 New York Rangers (1993–94) 29–29–10
69 W March 16, 1994 2–1 Calgary Flames (1993–94) 30–29–10
70 T March 18, 1994 4–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1993–94) 30–29–11
71 W March 20, 1994 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 31–29–11
72 T March 21, 1994 3–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 31–29–12
73 T March 23, 1994 1–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1993–94) 31–29–13
74 L March 24, 1994 3–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 31–30–13
75 W March 26, 1994 3–1 @ New York Islanders (1993–94) 32–30–13
76 L March 28, 1994 4–5 Dallas Stars (1993–94) 32–31–13
77 L March 30, 1994 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1993–94) 32–32–13
78 T April 2, 1994 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 32–32–14
79 L April 4, 1994 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1993–94) 32–33–14
80 T April 5, 1994 3–3 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 32–33–15
81 T April 7, 1994 3–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 32–33–16
82 T April 10, 1994 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 32–33–17
83 L April 12, 1994 2–5 Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 32–34–17
84 W April 14, 1994 4–1 New York Islanders (1993–94) 33–34–17

Player stats

Forwards

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Scott Mellanby 80 30 30 60 149
Jesse Belanger 70 17 33 50 16
Andrei Lomakin 76 19 28 47 26
Brian Skrudland 79 15 25 40 136
Stu Barnes 59 18 20 38 30
Dave Lowry 80 15 22 37 64
Tom Fitzgerald 83 18 14 32 54
Bob Kudelski 44 14 15 29 10
Mike Hough 78 6 23 29 62
Jody Hull 69 13 13 26 8
Rob Niedermayer 65 9 17 26 51
Bill Lindsay 84 6 6 12 97
Scott Levins 29 5 6 11 69
Mike Foligno 39 4 5 9 49
Randy Gilhen 20 4 4 8 16
Evgeny Davydov 21 2 6 8 8
Patrick Lebeau 4 1 1 2 4
Jamie Leach 2 1 0 1 0
Jeff Greenlaw 4 0 1 1 2
Doug Barrault 2 0 0 0 0
Len Barrie 2 0 0 0 0
Jeff Daniels 7 0 0 0 0

Defencemen

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Gord Murphy 84 14 29 43 71
Brian Benning 73 6 24 30 107
Greg Hawgood 33 2 14 16 9
Keith Brown 51 4 8 12 60
Brent Severyn 67 4 7 11 156
Alexander Godynyuk 26 0 10 10 35
Joe Cirella 63 1 9 10 99
Geoff Smith 56 1 5 6 38
Peter Andersson 8 1 1 2 0
Paul Laus 39 2 0 2 109
Stephane Richer 2 0 1 1 0
Greg Smyth 12 1 0 1 37
Dallas Eakins 1 0 0 0 0

Goaltending

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SV% = Save percentage ; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts

Player GP W L T SV% GAA SO
John Vanbiesbrouck 57 21 25 11 .924 2.53 1
Mark Fitzpatrick 28 12 8 6 .914 2.73 1
Pokey Reddick 2 0 1 0 .822 6.00 0

Awards and records

Transactions

  • Trades listed are from June 1, 1993, to June 1, 1994.
Date Traded Acquired Acquired from
June 26 1993 2nd rd. pick 1993 2nd rd. pick, 1993 3rd rd. pick Winnipeg Jets
July 30 cash Dave Tomlinson Toronto Maple Leafs
Aug 3 Dave Tomlinson Jason Cirone Winnipeg Jets
Sept 30 Darin Kimble Evgeny Davydov, 1994 conditional 4th rd. pick Winnipeg Jets
Oct 3 Milan Tichy Brent Severyn Winnipeg Jets
Nov 5 cash Mike Foligno Toronto Maple Leafs
Nov 3 Anatoli Semenov Dave Capuano, 1994 4th rd. pick Vancouver Canucks
Nov 25 Randy Gilhen, conditional pick Stu Barnes, 1994 6th rd. pick Winnipeg Jets
Nov 28 cash Greg Hawgood Philadelphia Flyers
Dec 6 1994 3rd rd. pick, 1994 6th rd. pick Geoff Smith, 1994 4th rd. pick Edmonton Oilers
Dec 7 Greg Smyth future considerations Toronto Maple Leafs
Dec 16 Alexander Godynyuk Jim McKenzie Hartford Whalers
Dec 16 Jim McKenzie 1995 4th rd. pick Dallas Stars
Jan 6 Evgeny Davydov, Scott Levins, 1994 6th rd pick. 1995 4th rd. pick Bob Kudelski Ottawa Senators
Mar 19 Greg Hawgood Jeff Daniels Pittsburgh Penguins
Mar 21 1994 9th rd. pick Peter Andersson New York Rangers

References

  • Panthers on Hockey Database
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