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