For the past two summers rumors swirled around the Florida Panthers concerning their interest in Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. For the past two summers the Panthers never made a move. The reason? 23 year-old goalie Jacob Markstrom.

Markstrom was the organization’s top prospect for years before getting thrown into the starting job last season when Jose Theodore‘s season was ended by injury. GM Dale Tallon has been Markstrom’s biggest fan and has made it clear he wants to stick by him.

It hasn’t been easy for him so far as a pro. Last season after a particularly brutal 7-1 loss to Washington Markstrom was called out by coach Kevin Dineen. Last year’s Panthers were the worst team in the league so you can hang many of the troubles he had on that.