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Florida Panthers 2021 Report Cards: The Defensemen

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The Florida Panthers’ defensemen get their 2021 report cards. From top left: Keith Yandle, MacKenzie Weegar, Gus Forsling, Radko Gudas and Aaron Ekblad. // Photo by Roger Topalian, 21st Century Photography (561) 488-0000

The Florida Panthers season wrapped up a little over a month ago, but report cards for the 2021 campaign are now being mailed home.

Today, we look at Florida’s defensemen and how they graded out.

Due to the pandemic and how things rolled with a taxi squad, the Panthers had an abundance of defensemen and playing time did not come easy for a lot of them.

For instance, a handful played in seven games or less.

The Panthers got some fantastic performances out of two of their best young d-men (Aaron Ekblad and MacKenzie Weegar) although Ekblad’s season-ending injury in March was a hit the Panthers never really recovered from.

Florida also may have found itself a gem on the blueline off the waiver wire when it picked up Gus Forsling during training camp.

Who makes it back for next season is a story for another day although with the Seattle Expansion Draft coming up in a few weeks, we should have some clarity on things soon enough.

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