Former Wildcatters Accept Panthers’ Qualifying Offers

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League announced that Rob Globke and Kamil Kreps, who both played for the Texas Wildcatters as rookies in 2004-05, have accepted their qualifying offers.

The Florida Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the second round (40th overall) by Florida in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old Globke had 12 points (8g-4a) in 10 games with Texas in 2004-05 while also playing in the American Hockey League with San Antonio where he had 12 points (6g-6a) in 63 games.

In 2006-07, the 6-foot-3 and 201-pound right wing had an assist in 19 games with the Panthers while also playing in the AHL with Rochester where he had 18 points (7g-11a) in 48 regular season games and appeared in four playoff games. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 28, 2005 at Boston and scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 4, 2006 at Atlanta.

Selected in the second round (38th overall) by Florida in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Kreps had 11 points (5g-6a) in 12 games with Texas in 2004-05 while also playing in the AHL with San Antonio where he had 11 points (5g-6a) in 58 games.

In 2006-07, the 6-foot-2 and 202-pound center had two points (1g-1a) in 14 games with the Panthers. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 7, 2007 at Vancouver and scored his first NHL goal on April 6, 2007 at Tampa Bay. He also played in the AHL with Rochester where he had 35 points (14g-21a) in 50 regular season games and one goal in six playoff games.