Panthers sign goaltender Spencer Knight to entry-level deal

United States' goalie Spencer Knight (30) makes the save on Czech Republic's David Vitouch (18) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. (Jason Franson/CP)

The Florida Panthers announced on Wednesday that they've signed top goalie prospect Spencer Knight to a three-year entry-level deal.

Knight, 19, was drafted 13th overall in 2019 by the Panthers, the highest-drafted goalie in his class.

He backstopped the United States to a gold medal at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship, recording an outstanding .941 save percentage and 1.63 goals-against-average. He also started for the Americans at the 2020 world juniors and served as the third goalie in 2019.

The Darien, Conn., native will leave Boston College, where he played as a member of the Eagles for two seasons and earned Hockey East Player of the Year honours. The signing comes three days after the Eagles were eliminated from the 2021 Division I Men's Hockey Championship.

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