Knight form signals bright future for Panthers

21 October 2021 18:37:22 GMTPlus11
Panthers coach Joel Quenneville is happy with his netminder

Head Coach Joel Quenneville says the form of netminder Spencer Knight signals a bright future for the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers, 8/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have won their first three games to start the NHL season.

Bright start for Knight

Knight most recently made 30 saves to help the Panthers defeat the reigning Stanley Cup Champions Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Tuesday earning high praise from coach Quenneville.

After going 4-0-0 last season and getting the victory over Tampa Bay, the 20-year-old became just the 11th goaltender in NHL history to win his first five NHL games.

The Panthers finished second in the Central Division last season (37-14-5). Their .705 points-percentage under three-time Stanley Cup winner Quenneville was the highest in their history.

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In the 2020/21 playoffs, Florida were defeated over six games by the Lightning with Knight playing twice recording an impressive .933 save-percentage.

6'3" Knight was selected in the first-round (13th overall) by the Panthers in the 2019 NHL draft.

Young guns impress

Against the Lighting, another Florida first-round draft-pick and 20-year-old forward Anton Lundel registered his first NHL goal with Quenneville, saying about the pair: 

"I thought the two kids were special tonight. Knight and 'Lundy' were... that was bright for the future of the organisation. Their composure and performance was excellent."

The Panthers next take on the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

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