The Florida Panthers have announced that they’ve signed 2017 NHL Entry Draft 10th overall pick Owen Tippett to a three year, entry-level contract.
The 18 year-old Tippet starred for the Mississauga Steelheades of the OHL in 2016-17, leading his team with 44 goals and 75 points in just 60 regular season games. He also posted 10 goals and 19 points in 20 playoff games.
"I'm thrilled to sign Owen to his first NHL contract," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "Owen is a natural goal scorer with a bright future and he already possesses NHL-ready size and speed. We're looking forward to watching him compete for a spot on our NHL roster at training camp this fall."
And don’t think that Tallon is just blowing smoke. Tippett has a real chance to join the Cats next season. The 6’-fot, 203-pound forward already has the body type of an NHLer and his new team is desperate to add a player with his goal scoring ability. Watch for big things from this kid in 2017-18.