Jonathan Huberdeau and the Florida Panthers were in town on Tuesday, plowing through the Montréal Canadiens by the score of 4-1. They led in every category, from shots (36-28) to face-offs (winning 61%) to the powerplay (1 in 4).
Al Montoya was terrific in nets, Jaromir Jagr got an assist to keep on padding his career stats line, Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad scored, and Huberdeau assisted on Barkov's 23rd of the season. Aaron Ekblad had an assist as well.
Alex Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov and Mark Barberio were pretty much the lone bright spots for the Habs.
The 2012-13 Calder Trophy winner Huberdeau (ahead of Brendan Gallagher, Brandon Saad and Galchenyuk) currently has 13 goals, 35 assists and 48 points in 65 games this season, his fourth in the NHL; he may very well surpass his career-highs from last season, when he went 15-39-54 in 79 games.
Playing on a line with Barkov and Jagr, it's safe to say the third-overall pick of the 2011 draft has arrived and will be a first-liner for a long, long time.
He signed this card in blue sharpie, which looks nice with his Saint John Sea Dogs' white (home) uniform; he made sure to tag his jersey number at the end:
2011-12 Heroes And Prospects set.