Without Jaromir Jagr, the Florida Panthers Will Turn To Evgenii Dadonov
What type of season will the Florida Panthers have? They were a team built for the playoffs, but not much success has come from that. Hopefully, the addition of Evgenii Dadonov will help this team get over the hump and find success in the playoffs.
We’ve seen a heavy amount of Russian-born players make an impact on their new teams. Artemi Panarin is just one of those names who came over from the country to find hockey success in the NHL. It’s unclear if Dadonov will have that same type of production. Still, it’s a move that will help the Panthers, especially with Jaromir Jagr gone.
Dadonov has been playing in the KHL since 2012. Like most Russian players, his homeland league is the pinnacle of their career. That hasn’t stopped Dadonov from wanting to play in the NHL. Originally drafted by Florida in the third round of the 2007 NHL Draft, Dadonov isn’t a stranger to the business of North American hockey. He just never found his footing in Florida.
After a successful run in the KHL, which saw Dadonov score 30 goals and tally 36 assists over 53 games during the 2016-17 season, the 28-year-old decided to once again try his hand in North America. This time he’s playing with some of the best talent the Panthers have ever had in their history.
The likely pairing for Dadonov will see him with Aleksander Barkov and Johnathan Huburdeau. The duo makes up one of the NHL’s more productive units. It’s going to be a real boost to the value of Dadonov to play alongside these two. Not to mention he’ll receive opportune power play time as well.
Without Jagr, the Florida Panthers will lose a significant veteran presence. While Dadonov won’t provide anywhere near the impact Jagr had in the locker room, he’s going to at least soften the blow scoring and production wise.
If I were a betting man, I’d say Dadonov finishes with 50-60 points this season. Sure it’s a heavy amount of points, but with the line he’s on, there’s really no reason as to why he can’t contribute right away. Just Don’t expect an Artemi Panarin debut season, as Florida doesn’t have a Kane or Toews on its roster. Still, a great option to have on the first line. Hopefully, Dadonov helps the Panthers advance in the playoffs this season.