The Florida Panthers made an interesting addition this offseason by reacquiring Evgeny Dadonov, after signing him as a free agent when his five-year stint in the KHL, but the real question is, what does he bring to the table?
By: Colby Guy
After his departure from the Florida Panthers in the 2011-12 season, the 28 year old Evgeny Dadonov makes his return to the NHL with the team who drafted him. In his five seasons in the KHL, Dadonov has shown some skill in his game putting up numbers close to point-per-game in his last three KHL seasons, including 66 points in 53 games this season with SKA St. Petersburg. Dadonov also has a very good shot, putting up 30 goals in his final KHL season and also has very good hands and playmaking ability.
From the game film I’ve watched of Evgeny Dadonov, I think he could possibly fit very well next to Alexander Barkov and Johnathan Huberdeau on the Florida Panthers first line, giving the line the goal scoring winger it needs to become one of the NHL’s best lines. Barkov, being the playmaking power forward he is, could either pass the puck to set Dadonov up on one-timers or crash the net to tip in a Dadonov shot, while Huberdeau could be another playmaker on that line as well as a great goal scorer for Dadonov to pass to.
All-in-all, I think Dadonov could end up being a key contributor to this Florida Panthers team, possibly putting up around 30 goals and 60 points this season playing on the first line with Huberdeau and Barkov, and could possibly lead the Florida Panthers back to the playoffs.