Not only has Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon turned a perennially underachieving NHL club into a playoff contender in just over two years, but he built an enviable stable of prospects, many of who are close to NHL ready.

Saint John captain Jonathan Huberdeau will almost certainly join the NHL club when, or if the season starts. Centerman Nick Bjugstad was given every opportunity to forego his college eligibility to sign a professional contract before he decided to return to the University of Minnesota. Junior hockey stars Alex Petrovic and Quinton Howden are both rookies in the AHL this year, as is former Denver University captain Drew Shore and former top bantam pick John McFarland.

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