"He has a real set of hands with the puck; the kind of guy who can beat you at top speed in traffic." -Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Jim Hammett
"On talent alone he'd be first round material." -Red Line Report
Panik is incredibly strong on the puck with the ability to beat defenders wide with speed and power. He also possesses a high end shot and playmaking ability. He has the ability to dominate the play in the offensive third of the ice when he is healthy and applies himself.
Scouts soured on Panik due to the perception he is lazy and has a bad attitude. He fell out of condition after getting injured late in 2008-2009 and showed up to the NHL Scouting Combine out of shape. Getting a consistent effort out of Panik is the first order of business in his development. Teaching him the defensive side of the game is the second.
Panik has scoring line potential, and the most common comparison scouts give for Panik's style is to Marian Hossa. But, he's a hit or miss prospect who could very well never touch NHL ice if he fails to learn to prepare and compete consistently like a professional.