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1993–94 Florida Panthers · NHL
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 9th Eastern
1993–94 record 33–34–17
Home record 15–18–9
Road record 18–16–8
Goals for 233
Goals against 233
General Manager Bob Clarke
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Brian Skrudland
Alternate captains Joe Cirella
Scott Mellanby
Arena Miami Arena
Team leaders
Goals Scott Mellanby (30)
Assists Scott Mellanby (30)
Points Scott Mellanby (60)
Penalties in minutes Brent Severyn (156)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (21)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (2.53)

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.

OffseasonEdit

Expansion DraftEdit

# 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 DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1. 5. Rob Niedermayer (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

Regular seasonEdit

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.

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 84 52 24 8 299 231 112
New Jersey Devils 84 47 25 12 306 220 106
Washington Capitals 84 39 35 10 277 263 88
New York Islanders 84 36 36 12 282 264 84
Florida Panthers 84 33 34 17 233 233 83
Philadelphia Flyers 84 35 39 10 294 314 80
Tampa Bay Lightning 84 30 43 11 224 251 71

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1TOctober 6, 19934–4 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1993–94) 0–0–1
2LOctober 7, 19933–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1993–94) 0–1–1
3WOctober 9, 19932–0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 1–1–1
4LOctober 12, 19931–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 1–2–1
5WOctober 14, 19935–4 Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 2–2–1
6TOctober 17, 19933–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 2–2–2
7TOctober 19, 19932–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1993–94) 2–2–3
8LOctober 21, 19933–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1993–94) 2–3–3
9LOctober 23, 19931–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 2–4–3
10LOctober 26, 19932–5 Winnipeg Jets (1993–94) 2–5–3
11WOctober 28, 19935–2 New York Islanders (1993–94) 3–5–3
12WOctober 30, 19932–1 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 4–5–3
13LNovember 2, 19933–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 4–6–3
14LNovember 3, 19933–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1993–94) 4–7–3
15WNovember 7, 19933–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 5–7–3
16WNovember 10, 19933–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 6–7–3
17WNovember 11, 19935–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 7–7–3
18LNovember 14, 19932–5 Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 7–8–3
19LNovember 16, 19932–4 New York Rangers (1993–94) 7–9–3
20LNovember 18, 19932–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1993–94) 7–10–3
21WNovember 20, 19934–3 Washington Capitals (1993–94) 8–10–3
22LNovember 23, 19931–2 OT Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 8–11–3
23LNovember 26, 19932–3 @ Boston Bruins (1993–94) 8–12–3
24LNovember 27, 19930–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 8–13–3
25WDecember 2, 19932–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 9–13–3
26LDecember 5, 19931–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1993–94) 9–14–3
27WDecember 7, 19933–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993–94) 10–14–3
28WDecember 8, 19936–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1993–94) 11–14–3
29WDecember 10, 19935–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1993–94) 12–14–3
30TDecember 12, 19934–4 OT @ Dallas Stars (1993–94) 12–14–4
31TDecember 15, 19933–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 12–14–5
32LDecember 19, 19931–2 OT Boston Bruins (1993–94) 12–15–5
33WDecember 22, 19933–2 New York Rangers (1993–94) 13–15–5
34WDecember 26, 19933–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 14–15–5
35TDecember 28, 19933–3 OT @ Washington Capitals (1993–94) 14–15–6
36WDecember 29, 19935–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 15–15–6
37WJanuary 1, 19944–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993–94) 16–15–6
38LJanuary 3, 19942–3 @ New York Rangers (1993–94) 16–16–6
39LJanuary 7, 19941–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 16–17–6
40TJanuary 8, 19942–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (1993–94) 16–17–7
41TJanuary 13, 19942–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 16–17–8
42WJanuary 15, 19945–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 17–17–8
43WJanuary 17, 19942–1 @ New York Islanders (1993–94) 18–17–8
44WJanuary 19, 19945–1 Washington Capitals (1993–94) 19–17–8
45WJanuary 24, 19948–3 Montreal Canadiens (1993–94) 20–17–8
46TJanuary 26, 19941–1 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1993–94) 20–17–9
47TJanuary 28, 19943–3 OT San Jose Sharks (1993–94) 20–17–10
48WJanuary 30, 19943–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 21–17–10
49LFebruary 1, 19941–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 21–18–10
50WFebruary 2, 19944–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 22–18–10
51LFebruary 4, 19942–7 Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 22–19–10
52WFebruary 6, 19943–0 Boston Bruins (1993–94) 23–19–10
53LFebruary 10, 19943–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 23–20–10
54WFebruary 12, 19944–3 @ New York Islanders (1993–94) 24–20–10
55WFebruary 13, 19942–1 Vancouver Canucks (1993–94) 25–20–10
56LFebruary 16, 19943–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1993–94) 25–21–10
57LFebruary 18, 19941–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1993–94) 25–22–10
58LFebruary 20, 19943–4 OT Detroit Red Wings (1993–94) 25–23–10
59WFebruary 22, 19943–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1993–94) 26–23–10
60LFebruary 24, 19941–2 Washington Capitals (1993–94) 26–24–10
61LFebruary 26, 19942–4 @ Washington Capitals (1993–94) 26–25–10
62LFebruary 28, 19943–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1993–94) 26–26–10
63LMarch 2, 19942–3 New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 26–27–10
64LMarch 4, 19941–2 Hartford Whalers (1993–94) 26–28–10
65WMarch 7, 19942–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1993–94) 27–28–10
66WMarch 9, 19945–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1993–94) 28–28–10
67LMarch 11, 19942–4 @ Calgary Flames (1993–94) 28–29–10
68WMarch 14, 19942–1 New York Rangers (1993–94) 29–29–10
69WMarch 16, 19942–1 Calgary Flames (1993–94) 30–29–10
70TMarch 18, 19944–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1993–94) 30–29–11
71WMarch 20, 19945–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 31–29–11
72TMarch 21, 19943–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 31–29–12
73TMarch 23, 19941–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1993–94) 31–29–13
74LMarch 24, 19943–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 31–30–13
75WMarch 26, 19943–1 @ New York Islanders (1993–94) 32–30–13
76LMarch 28, 19944–5 Dallas Stars (1993–94) 32–31–13
77LMarch 30, 19941–3 St. Louis Blues (1993–94) 32–32–13
78TApril 2, 19942–2 OT Ottawa Senators (1993–94) 32–32–14
79LApril 4, 19942–3 @ New York Rangers (1993–94) 32–33–14
80TApril 5, 19943–3 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 32–33–15
81TApril 7, 19943–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1993–94) 32–33–16
82TApril 10, 19942–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1993–94) 32–33–17
83LApril 12, 19942–5 Quebec Nordiques (1993–94) 32–34–17
84WApril 14, 19944–1 New York Islanders (1993–94) 33–34–17

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

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

DefencemenEdit

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

GoaltendingEdit

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 recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit


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