Hometown: Madison, Wis.
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 5/3
Remaining contract: 1 year @ $825,000
Skille missed big chunks of last season with shoulder injuries, the final one costing him the final 15 games of the regular season. Skille had four goals in 46 games last year.
C JARRED SMITHSON, 25
Ht., Wt.: 6-3, 210
Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 10/2
Remaining contract: 1 year @ $800,000
Smithson came to the Panthers in a late-season deal with Nashville and scored a goal with two assists in 15 games. The Panthers have him centering their fourth line.
RW SCOTTIE UPSHALL, 19
Ht., Wt.: 6-0, 200
Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 8/2
Remaining contract: 3 years @ $3.5 million
A sports hernia cost Upshall all but 26 games last season as he scored a career-low two goals with three assists. Upshall was better once healthy and had a goal with two assists in the playoffs.
LW KRIS VERSTEEG, 32
Ht., Wt.: 5-10, 180
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 6/2
Remaining contract: 4 years @ $4.4 million
Versteeg has seemingly found a home with the Panthers as he secured a long-term deal after having a career-high 54 points. Versteeg also scored 23 goals on Florida’s top line.
C STEPHEN WEISS, 9
Ht., Wt.: 5-11, 180
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 11/11
Remaining contract: 1 year @ $3.1 million
A free agent after this season, Weiss finally made the playoffs last year while scoring 20 goals with 37 assists. Florida’s all-time leader in games played, Weiss had three goals in the postseason.
BRIAN CAMPBELL, 51
Ht., Wt: 5-11, 185
Hometown: Strathroy, Ontario
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 11/2
Remaining contract: 4 years @ $7.14 million
The first defenseman to win the Lady Byng Trophy since the 1950s, Campbell led the league in ice time with just three penalties. Campbell played in all 89 games, including playoffs, and finished second among d-men with 53 points.
MICHAEL CARUSO, 62
Ht., Wt.: 6-2, 190
Hometown: Mississaugua, Ontario
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 1/1
Remaining contract: 1 year @ $600,000
Now in his sixth season with the Panthers organization, Caruso may get his chance because of injuries on Florida’s blue line. Caruso had four points in 32 games at AHL San Antonio.
KEATON ELLERBY, 4
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 200
Hometown: Strathmore, Alberta
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 4/4
Remaining contract: 1 year at $700,000
Florida’s seventh defenseman much of last season, Ellerby could see more playing time this year. As it was, Ellerby played in 40 games last season and notched five assists.
ERIK GUDBRANSON, 44
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 195
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 2/2
Remaining contract: 2 years @ $900,000
Gudbranson injured his shoulder wakeboarding over the summer and was suspended by the team during the lockout. Gudbranson had a strong postseason — and led Florida in hits during the regular season.
DMITRY KULIKOV, 7
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 183
Hometown: Lipetsk, Russia
NHL seasons/With Panthers: 4/4
Remaining contract: TBA
Kulikov may play in Saturday’s opener against the Hurricanes if he gets everything cleared with his contract. Kulikov spent the lockout playing for his youth club in Russia.