For Florida Panthers, the future starts this week with development camp



At Iceplex, Coral Springs

Monday: Skating, 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Tuesday: Practice, 9-11:30 a.m.

Thursday: Practice, 9-11:30 a.m.

Friday: Skills competition, scrimmage, 9-11 a.m.

The Panthers will have what they hope is a large number of future players on display as the team holds its development camp this week.

Of course, with as young as the Panthers were forced to be because of injuries last season, a few camp attendees have played at least a few games in the NHL already.

The Panthers’ camp — which runs from Monday though Friday at the team’s training facility in Coral Springs — will include the likes of Nick Bjugstad, Quinton Howden, Alex Petrovic and Drew Shore.

Injured players Jonathan Huberdeau (hip) and Sasha Barkov (shoulder) will attend camp but will be limited in their activities.

Camp will be run by Panthers staff, including coach Kevin Dineen and San Antonio coaches Peter Horachek and Chuck Weber.

Brian Skrudland and Bryan McCabe, who are part of the Panthers’ player development team, will also be running drills.

The workouts are free and open to the public.

Other top prospects within the organization who will attend the camp include Michael Matheson, Florida’s top pick in 2012.

The team will be off the ice Wednesday as they do beach workouts and travel to Miami to attend a Marlins game.

The complete camp roster and schedule is available at

“It’s good for us to get to know them better and they get to know their future teammates,” general manager Dale Tallon said. “We’re trying to make sure they’re on the right path. It’s an indoctrination camp more than anything else. We’re identifying future Panthers and also checking up on the blue-chip players.”

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