UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Good things happen to the Florida Panthers when Kris Versteeg scores. In the 16 games that the 25-year old has potted his 22 goals on the season, Florida is 14-1-1.
As part of a summer press conference that was held at BankAtlantic Center on July 8th to introduce nine new players, Versteeg has proven that he adapts to new situations quickly.
Tying a career-high in goals with his 22nd on Sunday afternoon during a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders, Versteeg has surpassed the 20-goal mark in each of his first four NHL seasons. Even after splitting time last season between the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs, he managed to adjust to another system and hit the mark.
"Last year, it was an injury-filled year pretty much," Versteeg said.
"You start off a little slow and then you get in the groove of things and right when I thought I was playing really good you get traded to a new place. Then you start off slow again and kind of try to adapt and learn a new system, so it's been tough, but I still try to help the team whatever way I can, whether it's defense or by putting it in the net. I've been fortunate enough to play with some good players, so it's been helping."
Along with fellow newcomer Tomas Fleischmann (42 points) and franchise stalwart Stephen Weiss (40 points), Versteeg and company have turn general manager Dale Tallon's summer of free-spending into a season where Panthers fans might witness a playoff game for the first time since the spring of 2000.Read More »from Kris Versteeg making good things happen for surprising Florida Panthers