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All-Time Florida Panthers Roster Countdown: 81-79

Today, we take a look at Russian right winger Ivan Novoseltsev, Finnish left winger Niklas Hagman, and recent departee Swedish right winger Mikael Samuelsson.

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81. Ivan Novoseltsev

Novoseltsev played in one complete season with Krylja Sovetov of the Russian League, making three assists in 30 games. The Panthers picked the Russian (from Golitsino) right winger with their fourth round choice of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 95th overall. He was 6'1", 207 pounds at the time of his signing.

Novoseltsev joined the OHL's Sarnia Sting for two seasons starting in 1997-98 before turning professional, scoring 83 goals and 61 assists in 121 contests. He added three goals and five assists in 10 playoff matches with the team.

In 1999-00, Novoseltsev was twice called up to fill a hole with the Panthers, totalling 14 games with the Cats. He scored two goals in his very first game as a Cat, a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13. Most of his season was spent with the AHL's version of the Panthers, in Louisville (47 games, 14 goals, 21 assists). He scored twice on eight shots, collected one assist and a minus-8 rating in 10:29 ATOI.

Novoseltsev started 2000-01 with Louisville (34 games, two goals, 10 assists), earning his first of two callups to Florida in October. On two occasions he enjoyed multi-point games, totalling three goals on 34 shots in 10:44 average TOI. He posted a minus-5 rating with 16 PIM.

2001-02 would see Novoseltsev spend the entire season with the NHL Panthers, playing in 70 games and averaging 14:53 TOI on the second and third lines. He enjoyed the first three point game of his career in a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on March 8, with a goal and two assists. He scored a career high 13 goals on 109 shots, collected 16 assists and a minus-10 rating. He led the Panthers with five game winning goals.

In 2002-03, Novoseltsev would see action in a career high 78 NHL contests, also achieving career highs with 15:02 ATOI and 17 assists. He scored 10 goals on 115 shots with a minus-16 rating. He started the 2003-04 season with Florida, scoring one goal on 25 shots with four assists through 17 contests in 11:55 ATOI. Florida sent him to the Phoenix Coyotes on December 30 for future considerations.

All-Time Statline: Five seasons, 217 games, 29 goals, 44 assists, 73 points, minus-40 rating, 106 PIM, 4.6 APS.

80. Niklas Hagman

Hagman was originally from Espoo, Finland. The 6' left winger was selected in the third round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Panthers with the 70th overall pick. He finally joined Florida after six seasons in various Finnish Leagues, most recently scoring 28 goals with 18 assists in 56 contests with Karpat Oulu in 2000-01.

2001-02 would see Hagman make his NHL debut by spending 78 games with the Panthers NHL roster. On February 4, he scored two goals in his first ever three point effort, also collecting an assist in a 6-6 tie with the New York Islanders. It was one of four multi-point efforts on the season, including three three-point games. Overall, he lit the lamp 10 times on 134 shots in 13:50 per game, also making 18 assists and a minus-6 rating.

In 2002-03, Hagman avaraged 13:31 in 80 Florida games. He again had four games in which he enjoyed multi-point performances, including a two goal effort in a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 16. Altogether, he made eight goals on 132 shots with 15 assists and a minus-8 rating on the season.

Hagman played 75 games for the Panthers in 2003-04, averaging 14:47 of TOI. He had his only multiple point game of the season on February 12, scoring two goals in a 5-1 win over the Penguins. (The Panthers were bad at that time (20-23-11-2), but the Penguins were markedly worse (11-38-5-3)). He ended up with 10 goals on 122 shots along with 13 helpers and a minus-5 rating.

When the 2004-05 season was cancelled, Hagman joined HC Davos in Switzerland, scoring 17 goals with 22 assists in 44 games. He turned it up in the postseason, scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 15 contests, helping Davos to the NLA Championship.

Hagman returned to the Panthers in 2005-06, scoring two goals on 52 shots, along with four assists through the first 30 games of the season. Florida traded him to the Dallas Stars for a seventh round draft choice (Sergei Gayduchenko) on December 12.

After parts of three seasons with the Stars (218 games, 50 goals, 35 assists), Hagman made NHL appearances with the Toronto Maple Leafs (120 games, 42 goals, 33 assists), the Calgary Flames (106 games, 17 goals, 25 assists), and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (63 games, eight goals, 11 assists). He is signed next season with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL.

This one just had to be against the Panthers.

Niklas Hagman Incredible Goal vs The Panthers (Goal of the year?) (via leafspc)

All-Time Statline: Four seasons, 263 games, 30 goals, 50 assists, 80 points, minus-27 rating, 52 PIM, 5.0 APS.

79. Mikael Samuelsson

Samuelsson was a 6'1" right winger from Mariefred, Sweden when originally selected. He was chosen in the fifth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks with the 145th overall pick. He would report to the AHL Kentucky Thoroughblades for the 2000-01 season, scoring 32 goals and 46 assists in 66 games. He also made his NHL debut with the Sharks in January, playing in four games. The Sharks traded him to the New York Rangers with Christian Gosselin for Adam Graves and future considerations after the season.

Samuelsson appeared with the Rangers for one and a half seasons (125 games, 14 goals, 24 assists), finishing out the 2002-03 season on the Penguins (22 games, two goals). Pittsburgh traded him to Florida with a first round draft choice (Nathan Horton) and a second round compensatory pick (Stefan Meyer) for first (Marc-Andre Fleury) and third (Daniel Carcillo) round picks.

In 2003-04, Samuelsson was part of the Panthers for the entire season, but due to two injuries (jaw, hand) missed the majority of the season. He played in 37 games with Florida. In 12:15 ATOI, he scored three goals on 50 shots, dished out six helpers, and finished the season with an even rating.

Samuelsson spent the 2004-05 season between the Swiss HC Geneve-Servette (12 games, two goals, four assists), and the Swedish Sodertalje SK (29 games, seven goals, 13 assists). He would sign a free agent contract to return to the NHL for the 2005-06 season as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

Samuelsson spent four seasons with the Wings, scoring 67 goals and 92 assists in 278 regular season contests. He also pitched in with 13 goals and 22 assists in 69 playoff games, helping the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup.

During the 2009 offseason, Samuelsson signed on as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks. In two full seasons (plus six games in 2011-12) he scored 49 goals (including a career high 30 in 2009-10) along with 57 assists in 155 contests. He was traded to the Panthers on October 22 along with Marco Sturm and a third round pick for David Booth and Steven Reinprecht.

Remember this wicked wrister from the NEUTRAL ZONE?

Mikael Samuelsson scores from center ice 2/1/12 (via NHLVideo)

With Florida, Samuelsson only appeared in 48 regular season games. He tabbed a goal and an assist in a March 17, 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Altogether, he scored 13 goals on 125 shots with the Cats, making 15 assists and finishing at plus-2. He recently signed on for a second tour of duty with the Red Wings, and is currently signed on through the 2013-14 season.

All-Time Statline: Two seasons, 85 games, 16 goals, 21 assists, 37 points, plus-2 rating, 49 PIM, 5.1 APS.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.