Florida Panthers prospects are trying to earn junior national team spots.
The Florida Panthers can't see their young talent on the ice with the team while the NHL lockout continues, but at least some of their top prospects are getting noticed.
The Sun-Sentinal writes that forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Francis Beauvillier, Rocco Grimaldi and Vincent Trocheck will try out for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships in Russia, which begins on Dec. 26.
Huberdeau is the biggest name of the prospects. The Panthers selected the Canadian forward, who is expected to play for the Panthers this season (should there even be a season), third overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. He helped lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to the Canadian Hockey League championship while earning the tournament's MVP honors and being named to the All-Star team.
Beauvillier will try to make Canada's junior team, while Grimaldi and Trocheck will try to make the U.S. team.
Whenever the NHL resumes play, the Florida Panthers will be the defending Southeast Division champions. They were eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.