Defenceman Ian McCoshen inks entry-level deal with Panthers

Defencemen are going for a premium in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks sending Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks for Erik Gudbranson, a trade that was likely driven by the cap hit for the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers have signed defenceman Ian McCoshen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

–George Richards– on Twitter

The Panthers drafted McCoshen with the 31st pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. He was an alternate captain for Boston College Eagles this season as a junior, scoring six goals and adding 15 assists in 40 games.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound rearguard could have returned to Boston College for his senior season which would have allowed the 20-year-old to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017, but has decided to make the leap to pro hockey instead.

McCoshen could conceivably crack Florida’s blue line next season, given the hole created with the Erik Gudbranson trade.

June 19, 2016

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