MONTREAL QC - SEPTEMBER 27: Mike Duco #16 of the Florida Panthers is checked by Maxim Lapierre #40 and Yannick Weber #68 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 27 2010 in Montreal Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Today, we check out five more Panthers, Duco, McArdle, Timmins, Payer and Ware.
284. Mike Duco
Duco spent five seasons with the OHL Kitchener Rangers, scoring 191 points in 242 contests. The scrappy left winger played for the Panthers AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans in 2008-09, scoring 14 goals and 14 assists in 68 games.
He earned his first callup to the Panthers in December of 2009, playing 10 games. He didn't score, registered a minus-3 rating, and earned 50 penalty minutes in his short time with the club (he earned 77 minutes of ice time). The following season he played two games for the Panthers in March, earning a minus-1 rating and 10 more penalty minutes.
Just after the Panthers overhauled their roster last July 1st, Duco was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Sergei Shirokov in a minor league deal. He appeared with the club for six games last season, scoring two assists.
All-time statline: Two seasons, 12 games, zero goals, zero assists, zero points, minus-4 rating, 60 PIM, -0.4 APS
283. Kenndal McArdle
McArdle, a left-handed shooting left winger, was selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry draft, with the 20th overall pick. In 2005-06, he scored 71 points in 72 games for the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors. He spent 2006-07 between two WHL franchises, the Warriors and the Vancouver Giants. 2007-08 would see him split time between the AHL Rochester Americans and the ECHL Florida Everblades.
In 2008-09, he spent most of the season with the Americans, but joined the Panthers for his NHL debut, playing three games in December. He earned a minus-1 rating and two penalty minutes.
McArdle played 19 games for Florida in 2009-10. He collected eight hits in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in November, and later scored his first (and to date only) NHL goal in a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in January. He also ended up with two assists, a minus-4 rating and 29 penalty minutes.
As in seasons past, McArdle spent the balance of the season with the Americans, joining the Panthers for 11 games over three callups to the NHL. He racked up 27 hits over his final six games with the club, finishing the season at minus-3, with 16 penalty minutes.
Kenndal McArdle levels Kris Versteeg [HD] (via NHLArchive)
All-time statline: Three seasons, 33 games, one goal, two assists, three points, minus-8, 47 PIM, -0.4 APS
282. Scott Timmins
Timmins was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Panthers. He scored 54 points in 56 games for the OHL Windsor Spitfires in 2009-10.
The left handed center spent the first half of the 2010-11 season in the AHL Rochester Americans before joining the Panthers for his NHL debut in February. He scored his first career goal in only his second game with the club, a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. After 19 games, he had just that one point, along with a minus-8 rating and eight penalty minutes.
This season, he scored 27 points in 70 games for the San Antonio Rampage..
Scott Timmins on the perfect Playoff Beard (via sanantoniorampage)
All-time statline: One season, 19 games, one goal, zero assists, one point, minus-8, eight PIM, -0.4 APS
281. Serge Payer
Payer, a center for the OHL Kitchener Rangers, signed a free agent contract with the Panthers in 1997. He would remain with the Rangers through 2000, including for a spell in 1999 when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition which nearly ended his hockey career.
After starting the 2000-01 season with the AHL Louisville Panthers, Payer joined Florida in November, playing 43 NHL games. He scored his first career goal on November 18th, in a 5-2 loss to Ottawa. He would finish the campaign with five goals and one assist, an even rating and 21 penalty minutes.
After missing most of the 2001-02 season with a back injury, he spent the balance of the 2002-03 season with the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators for a ninth round pick after the season. Payer only played five games for the Senators that season, and Florida resigned him just prior to the never played 2004-05 season as a free agent for the 2005-06 season.
Payer played 71 games for Florida that year, scoring two goals and four assists with a minus-7 rating and 26 penalty minutes. After the season, he signed again with Ottawa, again playing only five games with the parent club in 2006-07.
After spending the 2007-08 season with the Minnesota Wilds' AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, Payer went on to Germany, playing two seasons with Krefeld Pinguine, then one season with a Norwegian team before retiring after the 2011 season. He currently works as an agent for high-end hockey talent through his company, Unlimited Sports Management.
Daymond Langkow vs Serge Payer 12/27/00 (via jayc948)
All-time statline: Two seasons, 114 games, seven goals, five assists, 12 points, minus-7, 47 PIM, -0.3 APS
280. Jeff Ware
Ware, a 6'4" defenseman, was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft with the 15th overall pick. He spent most of his first season with the OHL Oshawa Generals. He would make his NHL debut for the Leafs on opening day of 1996, ultimately playing a grand total of 13 games with the club before spending most of the season with the Generals.
In 1997-98, Ware spent all but two games with the AHL's St. John's Maple Leafs. Toronto traded him to Florida for David Nemirovsky in early 1999. Nemirovsky played in his Panther debut in April of 1998-99, playing six games at the end of the season. He posted one assist, a minus-6 rating, and six penalty minutes.
Ware would never return to the parent club, instead spending 1999-00 with the AHL Louisville Panthers. He signed a free agent contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, spending two seasons with their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch before announcing his retirement in January, 2002 after five knee surgeries.
All-time statline: One season, six games, zero goals, one assist, one point, minus-6, six PIM, -0.3 KAPS