Scott Melanby remains one of the most iconic players in the history of the Florida Panthers. From the infamous “rat trick” to his 157 goals and 354 points as the Panthers, his resume in South Florida has now become one of the best in team history.
Melanby was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1993 NHL expansion draft and joined the Panthers after his last two seasons in Western Canada. In 149 games as an oiler, he scored 38 goals, assisted 48 times and scored 82 points in 149 games. Since then, he has become one of the greatest players ever selected in the NHL Extended Draft.
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Melanby’s total points in his first season with the Panthers in Edmonton’s final season almost doubled, scoring 30 goals and 30 assists in 80 games, scoring 60 points. He led the team by at least 10 points in goals and points in each category, quickly becoming the team’s spokesperson. He also helped the Panthers achieve a 33-34-17 record, which was one of the best records of the upcoming expansion team at the time. They missed the playoffs by just one point.
In the shortened 1994-95 season, Melanby was even more so. He scored 13 goals and 25 points in 48 games for the Panthers. He continued to help the Panthers get close to the contention, as they only missed the playoffs by a score of 22-23-3 for the second consecutive season. However, the 1995-96 season was an explosive season for the Panthers. Melanby was an important member of it, scoring 32 goals, 38 assists and 70 points in 79 games. The then 29-year-old player led the team in both categories, leading the Panthers to the first playoff spot in team history with a score of 41-31-10.
On the opening night, Melanby created a tradition, and to this day, it is still an integral part of the Panthers game, because He killed a mouse in the locker room During the halftime of the team’s first game against the Calgary Flames at home. He scored two goals in that game, and then goalkeeper John Van Bisbrook declared that Melanby had scored a “rat play.” Now, Panthers fans throw plastic mice after a hat trick, and they won today.
His performance did not waver in the playoffs. He contributed 3 goals and 9 points in 22 playoff games, leading the Panthers to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in team history. They lost to the Colorado Avalanche in four games, and have not won the playoff series since, and are now the longest playoff series win drought in the league.
Melanby led the Panthers to the playoffs twice in his career, scoring 26 goals and 56 points in 82 games in the 1996-97 season, leading the team to the playoffs for the second time in a row. In the five-game series lost to the New York Rangers, he only contributed two assists. The last time Melanby led the Panthers into the playoffs was his last full season in Florida from 1999-2000, when he scored 18 goals and 46 points in 77 games.He will score an assist in a four-game series with the New Jersey Devils
Melanby scored 4 goals and 13 points in the first 40 games of the 2000-01 season Was traded to the St. Louis Blues Minor league player Dave Morissette and the 2002 fifth-round pick became Vince Belisimo.
Melanby’s Black Panther Legacy
Melanby ranks sixth in the number of appearances (552) in the history of the Panthers, and fifth in the number of goals in the history of the team (157) and points (354) in the history of the team. He also held the record of most goals scored by the Panthers in a single season in the 1995-96 season (32), and now ranks ninth in team history.
He also became the longest leader of the playoffs in Florida’s history, creating the most iconic tradition in the history of the Panthers. He is also the second longest serving captain in the history of the team, in 1997-98 and 2000- Served for four seasons between 01. Only Alexander Barkov has been the captain of the Panthers longer.
Although his statistics may not be one of the brightest players in NHL history, Melanby is still one of the most iconic players in the history of the Panthers, and may well be one of the greatest players. He started one of the most successful periods in the history of the team. He created a tradition that is still an indispensable part of the Panthers legend. He created some of the team’s history from a player The most productive season ever seen.
Colby Guy is a writer for the THW Florida Panthers. He is a senior at Florida Atlantic University and is currently the social media manager and photographer of FAU Owls Nest. Previously, Colby wrote for FanSided as a writer for the New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, and Nashville Predators. He is also the editor-in-chief of FAU University Press.You can find him on twitter @ColbyDGuy.