Panthers phenom Jonathan Huberdeau was still basking in the afterglow of becoming the franchise's first NHL Rookie of the Year when he returned to the team's training complex Monday.

"I actually looked at [the Calder Memorial Trophy] before to see the players that won it,'' Huberdeau said referring to past greats like Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, Ray Bourque, Pavel Bure and Mario Lemieux.

"You can only win it one time. It's an honor to have my name on the trophy with so many good players on it.''

Huberdeau, 20, certainly won't rest on his laurels, especially after playing for the NHL's worst team and coming off left hip surgery.

"I hope you're going to hear from me again,'' Huberdeau said, when told of the few former Calder winners whose careers fizzled.

"I'm not going to disappear. It's a trophy you really don't think about when you play. It was a hard season for us.

"Hopefully, I can get the Hart [MVP Trophy] one day. I'm going to work hard for it, but it's the team first and after you get the personal awards.''

The lanky, 6-foot-1, 177-pound forward hopes to gain strength before his second season and work on visualization techniques.

"I want to get stronger on the lower-body too, my legs, I want more explosion in my skating,'' he said. "I want to improve so many things.''

But for now, Huberdeau is focusing on rehabilitating his hip, which he said didn't hamper him while playing all 48 games this season while notching 31 points. He expects to begin skating in August.

He took away a valuable lesson from his first NHL season, which actually was shortened by the lockout.

"You can play a bad game, but you play the next day in the condensed season this year,'' he said. "You have to forget the last game. That's what I learned, to always be more positive for the next game.''