The Panthers' blue line is as deep as ever, with eight defensemen in camp who have NHL experience.

When things settle down and the season opens, Florida is expected to keep seven of them.

Of those seven, barring injury, the Panthers have a solid mix of experience, youth and those coming into their own.

Ed Jovanovski is the elder statesmen, logging 1,019 NHL games since coming up with the Panthers in 1994. On the other side of that spectrum is 19-year-old Erik Gudbranson, Florida's first-round pick in 2010 who is still awaiting his NHL debut.

"These are big guys who can skate well and move the puck well. That's a combination that can be lethal," Jovanovski said. "We all know that defensemen have to develop, and some of these guys are coming right into their prime. We're going to be relying on them heavily."