Panthers sign top draft pick Huberdeau; teen forward expected to play in juniors

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers have signed first-round draft pick Jonathan Huberdeau to an entry-level contract.

The team announced Monday that they had signed the 18-year-old forward, who was selected third overall in last summer’s draft.

The Quebec native played in five of the team’s pre-season games, scoring a team-high three goals. Huberdeau will play this season for the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL, as the Panthers hope he will add some muscle to his thin six-foot-one 171-pound frame.

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He scored 43 goals and added 62 assists in 67 games last season for the Memorial Cup champion Sea Dogs.