With Tim Thomas on the IR now, Jacob Markstrom has the chance to lock up his starting job with the Florida Panthers for good. For the last two or three years, the youngster has been hailed as one of the top goalies not currently in the NHL. He’s been the goaltender of the future for the Panthers since he was drafted in 2008.
And this season he took a backseat to an aging Thomas. Markstrom wasn’t impressive enough for Florida’s liking during training camp, and didn’t play particularly well in 2013. He had a 3.22 GAA last season and went 8-14. Not exactly what the Panthers had in mind for the next Roberto Luongo.
While watching him play, it’s easy to get on his case and pick his game apart. At 23 years-old though, he’s still remarkably raw for a goaltender. Still there’s a feeling that Markstrom needs to cement his spot soon, or else risk have the Panthers make an aggressive move to seal up their net.
That kind of trade or signing wouldn’t likely happen this season, but with Thomas on the shelf, Markstrom has an outstanding chance to prove that he’s the player that the Panthers have believed him to be all along.
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) October 23, 2013
Markstrom has the size and talent to be an outstanding goalie in the NHL for a long time. He just needs to settle down and put the pieces together moving forward.