The Puck Under the Sun’s 2016-17 Panthers MVP

Welcome to the Second annual Puck Under the Sun’s Annual Panther MVP. I last did one of these in my first week on this site when I named Jaromir Jagr the Florida Panthers team MVP for 2015-16 according to me. I was planning on doing this article on April 10th but my pick has been lighting it up this year and there is no competition in my opinion for this player.

You might be asking how I select the Panthers MVP? Is it by most points? No. It is the player I feel has played their hearts out and really gave it their all out there. The player is normally someone high on the point list. I select the MVP on several things mainly stats but I also factor in age, history and several other categories.

This player went undrafted because he was too small. However he never gave up. When he got to the NHL, he wasn’t given a full time role. When the Panthers signed him they gave him a chance. When several players went down with injuries he stepped up in a big way. He has scored several goals this year.

Jonathan Marchessault is the Panthers MVP of the year. Marchessault had 8 career goals before coming to Florida. Many had him slotted on the fourth line to start the year. He outplayed Jared McCann and earned a spot on the third line. When Jonathan Huberdeau went down, Marchessault joined the top line. Marchessault has bounced around the lineup. He is the team’s best pure goal scorer. He had his first career hat trick last night. Without him, we probably would’ve been eliminated before Huberdeau and Barkov returned. He was the twelfth forward in Tampa. He is now the seventh forward on the team ahead of Nick Bjugstad and Tomas Vanek. He leads the team in goals with 28. He has 48 points. He has also been gritty and will take on any opponent. He has done very well on the lackluster powerplay. While he is the one who has to serve penalties for players who can’t go to the box for some reason, he never complains and when he gets out he normally helps start a rush. He was the third star of the month of October. I think Marchessault should be nominated for the Masterton trophy for perservance. He has done so well this year. It wasn’t even close.

Congrats Jonathan!


Runner-Ups: Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov and James Reimer


MVP List

2015-16: Jaromir Jagr

2016-17: Jonathan Marchessault

One thought on “The Puck Under the Sun’s 2016-17 Panthers MVP

  1. No harm waiting until the end of the season to name an MVP. 81 Hasn’t really overcome any adversity or been around long enough to be a Masterson candidate. Caught a good wave and riding it strong to the end. Next year opponents will likely cover him more and the easy cross-ice passes won’t be there like this year.Cats were smart to sign him for two years because any over-payment later is reward for great performance now. Like to see him develop some passing skills which would make him even harder to defend if there’s a chance he might do something else when he gets the puck.Also needs to up his non-existent defensive game. In a year with a lot of minuses for Florida, he was the sunshine.


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