Erik Gudbranson has yet to translate his offensive production from junior into the NHL. He has missed 26 games in his first two NHL seasons scoring just two goals and 10 assists in 104 games.
For what it is worth, through three preseason games the 2010 third overall pick has three goals and three assists. He is currently tied with PK Subban and Dennis Wideman for the most points by a defenseman. Gudbranson could finally be ready for a breakout season.
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Gudbranson has four assists in 22 games this season. Monitor his status prior to puck-drop. If your lineup locks at the first game, I would sit Gudbranson as he likely won't play with Kulikov returning to the lineup.
Gudbranson hasn't played yet this season since off season shoulder surgery, an injury he suffered while wake boarding. He was suspended and sent to the AHL where he recently played two games, he has yet to practice with the Panthers but could very well be in the lineup tonight.