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All-Time Florida Panthers Roster Countdown: 279-275

Today, we take a look at former Panthers Jason Podollan, Jeff Daniels, Dave Tomlinson, Darcy Hordichuk, and Dwayne Hay.

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279. Jason Podollan

Podollan, a right winger, was drafted by the Panthers from the WHL Spokane Chiefs in the second round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft with the 31st overall pick. He scored 146 points over the next two seasons with Spokane in 128 games.

He opened the 1996-97 season with the AHL Carolina Monarchs before making his NHL debut with the Panthers in November. He scored his first career goal in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on December 10th. It was the only goal he would score as a member of the Panthers. He returned to the Monarchs for the month of January, again earning a recall to the Panthers in February. After a total of 19 games, he had collected one goal and one assist with a minus-3 rating and four penalty minutes. He was traded in March to the Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom he played 14 games over two NHL seasons.

Podollan later played seven games with the Los Angeles Kings and one game for the New York Islanders. He then played four professional seasons abroad, three in Germany and one in Japan.

All-time statline: One season, 19 games, one goal, one assist, two points, minus-3, four PIM, -0.3 APS

278. Jeff Daniels

Daniels, a left winger, was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the sixth round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, with the 109th overall pick. Over three and a half seasons with the club, he scored eight goals and 11 assists in 134 games, with a minus-6 rating and 36 penalty minutes. The Penguins traded him to the Panthers for Greg Hawgood near the end of the 1993-94 season.

Daniels made his Panther debut soon after, playing seven games at the end of the season. He had no measurable impact, with zero points, an even rating and no penalty minutes.

Daniels spent most of 1994-95 with the IHL Detroit Vipers, appearing with the Panthers for three games around the mid-season all-star break. Again, he did not have any measurable impact, signing with the Hartford Whalers after the season. He would total 12 games with the Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes over the next two seasons.

He later played nine games with the Nashville Predators, returning to the Hurricanes for 260 games over four seasons to close out his career.

All-time statline: Two seasons, 10 games, zero goals, zero assists, zero points, even rating, zero PIM, -0.3 APS

277. Dave Tomlinson

Tomlinson was a 5'11" center who scored 179 points over 152 games with the Boston University Terriers. He signed on with the Toronto Maple Leafs after college, excelling with their St. John's AHL affiliate, notching 59 goals and 82 assists over 145 games with the club from 1991-93. During the same time, he earned two call-ups to the parent club, appearing in a total of six games. He did not score, and collected four penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. He was traded by the Leafs to the Panthers for cash in the 1993 offseason.

Florida traded him to the Winnipeg Jets for Jason Cirone just four days later. For the Jets, he played 31 games, scoring his only career goal on February 8th in a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He finished the season with three assists, a minus-12 rating and 24 penalty minutes, signing with Florida as a free agent following the season.

For the Panthers, Tomlinson played a total of five games over the 1994-95 season, registering a minus-2 rating in a February call-up from the IHL Cincinnati Cyclones. For the Cyclones, he scored 206 points in 159 games over two seasons.

Tomlinson later played nine seasons in Germany, mostly with Adler Mannheim. He is currently the color commentator for the Vancouver Canucks.

All-time statline: One season, five games, zero goals, zero assists, zero points, minus-2 rating, zero PIM, -0.2 APS

276. Darcy Hordichuk

Hordichuk is a 6'1" left winger from Kamsack, Saskatchewan, drafted originally by the Atlanta Thrashers in the sixth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 180th overall. Hordichuk has been retained on NHL rosters throughout his career largely due to his toughness. He has only 41 points through 538 NHL games.

He spent most of his first season with the Thrasher's IHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears, also appearing in 11 games for the parent club, logging a minus-3 rating with 38 penalty minues.

In 2001-02, Hordichuk started the season with the AHL Chicago Wolves, earning a 33-game call-up to the Thrashers in late October. He scored a goal and an assist with 127 penalty minutes before a trade brought him to the Phoenix Coyotes. Over parts of two seasons, he played a total of 26 games with the club, failing to score and earning 96 penalty minutes. He was traded to the Panthers on March 8th, and appeared in three games with the club, earning a minus-1 rating and 15 penalty minutes by incurring a five-minute fighting major in each contest.

Hordichuk opened the 2003-04 season with the Panthers, scoring his first Panthers goal in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Over the course of the season, he added two more goals and an assist, a minus-10 rating, and 158 penalty minutes (earned mostly by his inclusion in 15 fights). He was traded to the Nashville Predators just before the 2005-06 season, where he would play for three seasons.

Before the 2008-09, Hordichuk trained with UFC former champion Chuck Liddell in order to make him a better on-ice pugilist. He signed with the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent, and would play two years with the team before a trade again made him a Panther for the 2010-11 season. For his second go-round with the team, he would score one goal and four assists with a minus-1 rating and 76 penalty minutes over 64 games. After signing a free agent contract after the season with the Edmonton Oilers, he promised to take a run at the Sedin twins the next time he saw them. He instead injured his knee when the two teams met.

Darcy Hordichuk vs Shawn Thornton Nov 18, 2010 - NESN feed (via hockeyfightsdotcom)

All-Time statline: Three seasons, 124 games, four goals, five assists, nine points, minus-12 rating, 249 PIM, -0.2 APS

275. Dwayne Hay

Hay, a 6'1" left winger for the Guelph Storm, was originally drafted in the second round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals with the 43rd overall pick. He played with the Storm for one season prior to being drafted and finished two more years with the club afterwards, scoring 71 goals and 75 assists in 157 games.

In 1997-98, Hay spent most of the season with the AHL Portland Pirates, earning a two game cup of coffee with the Capitals at the end of October. Washington traded him to Florida for Esa Tikkanen in March. He finished the season with the OHL Beast of New Haven. Hay started the 1998-99 season with the Panthers, appearing in nine games with the team through October. He earned a minus-1 rating and did not score, taking three shots on goal. Sent back to New Haven, he played 46 games with the club through the season.

In 1999-00, Hay again started the season with New Haven, but was called up in mid-October to fill in with the Panthers. In six games he finished with a minus-2 rating and two penalty minutes, again failing to score while taking three total shots. Florida traded him (along with Ryan Johnson) to Tampa Bay on March 14th for Mike Sillinger. In 13 games with the Lightning that season, Hay scored a goal and an assist.

Hay was claimed off waivers after the season by the Calgary Flames, scoring four points in 49 NHL games with the club. He did not make any further NHL appearances after the 2000-01 season, bouncing around the AHL, the ECHL, and the CHL through 2008-09.

All-time statline: Two seasons, 15 games, zero goals, zero assists, zero points, minus-3 rating, two PIM, -0.2 APS

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