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All-Time Florida Panthers Roster Countdown: 254-250

Today, we look at former Panthers Garth Murray, Lee Goren, Eric Messier, Steve MacIntyre, and Nick Smith.

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254. Garth Murray

Murray was a 6'2" center from Regina Saskatchewan when drafted in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, with the 79th overall pick. He joined the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack for four games in 2001-02, after the WHL Regina Pats finished their playoff run.

Murray would spend most of his time through the cancelled 2004-05 season with the Wolf Pack, totalling 25 goals and 30 assists in 186 games. He recieved two callups to the Rangers in the second half of the 2003-04 season, totalling 20 games. He scored one goal and posted a minus-5 rating and 24 PIM.

The Rangers traded Murray to the Montreal Canadiens for Marcel Hossa just prior to the 2005-06 season. He would play 80 games with the Canadiens over then next three seasons, scoring seven goals and two assists. He was waived by the Habs on November 13, 2007, where the Panthers picked him up. In six games for Florida he did not score, earning an even rating and 19 penalty minutes. He spent 64 games that season with the San Antonio Rampage, scoring 11 goals and 10 assists, along with a minus-22 rating and 146 penalty minutes.

The Phoenix Coyotes picked him up as a free agent after the 2008-09 season, where he played 10 NHL games. He later appeared with the AHL Abbotsford Heat and Manitoba Moose and the ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings.

All-time statline: One season, six games, zero goals, zero assists, zero points, even rating, 19 PIM, -0.1 APS

253. Lee Goren

Goren was a 6'3" right winger about to start a college hockey career with the University of North Dakota when drafted by the Boston Bruins in the third round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft with the 63rd overall pick. In three WCHA seasons, he posted 63 goals and 61 assists in 111 contests.

In the 2000-01 season, Goren made his professional debut with the AHL Providence Bruins, scoring 15 goals and 18 assists in 54 games. During the season, he received call-ups to Boston on three occasions, for one game in December, for four games in January, and then in February, for the last 16 games of the season. He managed two goals while finishing with a minus-3 rating and seven penalty minutes.

A victim of the numbers game in 2001-02, Goren spent the entire season in Providence, playing 71 games and scoring 11 goals out of 37 total points.

In 2002-03, Goren averaged over a point per game in Providence, totalling 69 points in 65 games. During that time, he was called up to Boston on four occasions, in 14 games scoring two goals with an assist, a minus-2 rating and seven PIM. During the 2003 offseason, he signed a free agent contract to be a Florida Panther.

Goren played 65 games with the Panthers AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage in 2003-04, scoring 27 goals with 22 assists in 65 games. He earned a call from Florida at the end of October, and played in a grand total of two games with the club (did you blink?) He managed to collect one assist, but left with a minus-4 rating over 37 total shifts.

After the season, Goren signed another free agent contract, this time with the Vancouver Canucks. He spent most of the next three seasons with the AHL Manitoba Moose, appearing for a total of 30 games with the Canucks, scoring one goal with two assists, a minus-7 and 30 PIM. He has since appeared in Swedish, Swiss, Finnish, and German pro hockey.

All-Time Statline: One season, two games, zero goals, one assist, one point, minus-4, zero PIM, -0.1 APS.

252. Eric Messier

Messier was a 6'2" left winger from Drummondville, Quebec. He played with the Sherbrooke Faucons in the QMJHL, scoring 10 goals and 52 assists in 176 games over three years. While with the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres, he signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche in the 1995 offseason.

Messier spent 1995-96 exclusively with the Avalanche AHL affiliate, the Cornwall Aces. He scored five goals and nine assists over 72 games with the club.

He spent most of the 1996-97 season with the AHL Hershey Bears, earning his first callup to Colorado in November. He did not score in 21 games, but finished the season with a plus-7 rating.

Messier opened the 1997-98 season with the Avalanche, and would spend the bulk of the next six seasons in Colorado. Over seven total seasons, he scored 25 goals with 47 assists, a plus-1 rating and 130 PIM in 385 total games. He also played in 72 playoff contests with the Avalanche, scoring three goals and five assists. He was part of the Stanley Cup Champion team of 2000-01.

In the 2003 offseason, the Florida Panthers traded Peter Worrell and a second round draft choice to Colorado for Messier and Vaclav Nederost. Messier appeared in 21 contests with the Panthers, earning three assists and a minus-2 rating with 16 penalty minutes. He injured his wrist on his first shift of a November 21st matchup with the Atlanta Thrashers, a 6-3 loss. He never returned to the ice, retiring at the age of 30.

All-Time Statline: One season, 21 games, zero goals, three assists, three points, minus-2 rating, 16 penalty minutes, -0.1 APS.

251. Steve MacIntyre

MacIntyre is a 6'5" left winger from Brock, Saskatchewan. He skated in several leagues through his early 20's, appearing with the St. Jean Mission of the QSPHL (10 games, 68 PIM) and the UHL's Muskegon Fury (54 games, 279 PIM) during the 2002-03 season. He scored a combined three goals and two assists during the season.

MacIntyre spent most of the time from 2003-04 through 2005-06 with the ECHL Charlotte Checkers, in 168 games earning 669 penalty minutes, while scoring five goals and 10 assists. He signed his first NHL contract in the 2005 offseason with the New York Rangers, but failed to make an impact through camp.

He signed a free agent contract with the Panthers in the 2008 offseason, but again failed to make an NHL roster. He was waived following training camp and picked up by the Edmonton Oilers. Over parts of two seasons with the Oilers, he played 26 regular season games, scoring two goals and one assist with a minus-5 and 64 PIM. He was waived by Edmonton four games into the 2009-10 season, where Florida again picked him up on November 10th.

During the 2009-10 season with the Panthers, MacIntyre played 18 games, earning his only career Panther point, an assist, in a 6-2 loss to Buffalo on March 31. He finished the season with a minus-3 rating and 17 PIM. The Oilers picked him up again, where he played 34 games during the 2010-11 season. He spent the 2011-12 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, appearing in 12 games.

Donald Brashear vs Steve MacIntyre Nov 25, 2009 (via hockeyfightsdotcom)

All-Time Statline: One season, 18 games, zero goals, one assist, minus-3 rating, 17 PIM, -0.1 APS.

250. Nick Smith

Smith was a 6'2" center from Hamilton, Ontario, playing with the OHL Barrie Colts when drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft with the 74th overall pick.

After two more seasons with the Colts (three seasons total), Smith had played 194 games, scoring 42 goals and 73 assists. He opened the 1999-00 season with the Panthers then AHL affiliate, the Louisville Panthers, scoring 12 points in 53 games.

Smith injured his knee in training camp on September 25, 2000, and missed most of the season. He returned to action for 23 games with Louisville late in the season, earning 25 PIM and scoring one goal with two assists.

Smith split the 2001-02 season between two AHL teams, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Saint John Flames, also making two appearances in Florida. He played in three games for the Panthers in December, over 28 shifts winning seven of 16 faceoffs. He resurfaced with the club on March 20th, spending the last 12 games of the season with the parent club. He closed the season with zero points in 15 games played, registering a minus-1 and taking two shots on goal.

Smith signed a free agent contract with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 2002 offseason, but has not appeared in the NHL since his time with the Panthers. He was out of professional hockey after spending two seasons with the Ducks AHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, from 2002-04.

In 2007-08, Smith showed up in the OHA-Sr. league with the Dundas Real McCoys. Over three seasons, including playoffs, he has scored 59 goals and 119 assists in 79 games.

All-Time Statline: One season, 15 games, zero goals, zero assists, zero points, minus-1 rating, zero PIM, -0.1 APS.

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