SUNRISE FL - DECEMBER 17: Bryan Allen #5 of the Florida Panthers checks Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres off the puck on December 17 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. The Panthers defeated the Sabres 6-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Today we take a look at playoff hero and original Panther Bill Lindsay, as well as shutdown-defenseman Bryan Allen.
26. Bill Lindsay
Lindsay was a 6' right winger from Fernie, BC. He was originally selected off the WHL Tri-City Americans (177 games, 120 goals, 151 assists) by the Quebec Nordiques in the fifth round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, 103rd overall. Initially, he stayed put with the Americans as the 1991-92 season started, scoring 34 goals and 59 assists in only 42 games (2.21 points per game). He made his NHL debut later in the season, playing in 23 contests and racking up two goals and four assists.
In 1992-93, Lindsay split the season between the Nordiques (44 games, four goals, nine assists) and the AHL Halifax Citadels (20 games, 11 goals, 13 assists). After the season on June 24, Florida selected the unprotected Lindsay in the NHL Expansion Draft.
Lindsay made his debut with the Panthers on the same night the Panthers made theirs. He set a season high with two points, both assists, in a February 20, 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. He scored six goals on 90 shots, also tabbing six assists and finishing the season with a minus-2 rating and a team seventh best 97 PIM. He was one of two players to play in all 84 games.
In 1994-95, Lindsay was one of five Panthers to appear in all 48 games, as the season was started late due to the players strike. He ranked fourth on the team with 10 goals on 63 shots, pitching in nine assists and a plus-1 rating. He finished fourth on the team with 46 penalty minutes. He was the only Panther to play in every game through the first two seasons.
1995-96 would see Lindsay appear in 73 games for Florida. He had seven multi-point efforts with the Panthers that season, including three three point games. He scored two goals and an assist on November 11 in a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He logged 57 minutes in the penalty box, and led the team with a plus-13 rating. After the regular season, he ranked fourth on the team with five goals and 10 points. On April 27, he scored the game clinching goal in the Panthers first ever playoff series victory over the Boston Bruins (see video).
Den of Honor Moment: The Goal (via FloridaPanthersVideo)
In 1996-97, Lindsay logged two points in six different contests, including two assists in a season opening 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. He played in a team third best 81 contests, ranking seventh on the club with 34 points. (11 goals on 168 shots, 23 assists). He finished the campaign with a plus-1 rating and a team fourth best 120 penalty minutes. He tacked on an assist in three playoff games as the Panthers lost to the New York Rangers in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Lindsay was the only player to appear in all 82 games with the 1997-98 Panthers. He scored a team fifth best 12 goals on 150 shots, also making 16 assists, a minus-2 rating, and 80 PIM. He scored twice in a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on March 26.
1998-99 would see Lindsay rank third on the Panthers with 92 penalty minutes. He scored 12 times on 135 shots with 15 assists and a minus-1 rating. He played mostly on the third line with 13:37 ATOI through 75 games. Just prior to the next season, the Panthers traded him to the Calgary Flames for Todd Simpson.
After parts of two seasons with the Flames (132 games, nine goals, 21 assists), Lindsay joined the San Jose Sharks for the end of the 2000-01 season (16 games, zero goals, four assists). He signed a free agent contract to return to the Panthers just prior to the 2001-02 season.
Lindsay averaged 9:40 TOI per game for Florida through 63 games, scoring four goals on 63 shots with seven assists. He was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens on March 23 after Florida sent him through the waiver wire. After parts of two seasons with Montreal (32 games, one goal, five assists), he played part of one season with the Atlanta Thrashers (24 games, zero points). He is currently half of FS Florida's two man broadcast booth, along with Steve Goldstein. He ranks eighth on the Panthers all-time games played leaderboard, with 506.
All-Time Statline: Seven seasons, 506 games, 67 goals, 98 assists, 165 points, minus-1 rating, 609 PIM (fourth all-time), 13.2 APS.
25. Bryan Allen
Allen, a 6'5" defenseman from Kingston, Ontario, was selected in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, with the fourth overall pick. Before turning professional, he turned in four seasons with the OHL Oshawa Generals (148 games, 15 goals, 34 assists). He made his pro debut with the AHL Syracuse Crunch near the end of the 1999-00 season (nine games, one goal, one assist).
In 2000-01, Allen spent most of the season with the IHL Kansas City Blades (75 games, five goals, 20 assists), joining the Canucks for six games in February and March. In total, he spent parts of five seasons with Vancouver (216 games, 14 goals, 18 assists). After the 2005-06 season, the Canucks traded him to the Panthers with Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek, and a sixth round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov).
2006-07 would see Allen take 99 shots on goal, potting four of them. He ranked 10th on the team with 21 assists and second with 112 penalty minutes. He also logged a team fifth best plus-seven rating. He averaged 21:36 TOI while appearing in every game that season on the Panthers second pairing, usually with Mike Van Ryn. He scored a season high two points with a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 27.
In 2007-08, Allen secured three games in which he logged two points, including a goal and an assist in a March 6 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2. He scored two goals on 67 shots, dishing out 14 assists. He logged a team third best 21:17 ATOI on the season while appearing in 73 Panthers games. He finished with a plus-5 rating and 67 PIM. (Incidentally, the top eight Panthers that season each earned between 64 and 85 PIM).
2008-09 would see Allen start the season with an assist in an opening night 6-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on October 10. The very next night, he played over 30 minutes of the Panthers next contest, a 3-2 overtime victory against the Atlanta Thrashers. Unfortunately, he was hurt in the game, and missed the final 80 games of the season with a left knee injury.
Allen returned to form in 2009-10, averaging 19:10 TOI in 74 Florida games. He led the team with 99 penalty minutes, and scored four times on 78 shots. He also managed nine assists and finished with a minus-8 rating. On March 13, he logged a season high two points with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
2010-11 would see Allen score four goals on 50 shots with eight assists. He made a career high three assists on November 5, in a 7-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. On February 28, the Panthers sent him to those same Hurricanes for Sergei Samsonov.
Allen Times Two (01/26/10) (via theultimategoalcom)
Allen played a season and a half with Carolina (101 games, one goal, 18 assists). On July 1, 2012, he signed a three-year, $10,500,000 contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
All-Time Statline: Five seasons, 284 games, 14 goals, 53 assists, 67 points, plus-1 rating, 341 PIM, 13.6 APS.