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Report: Panthers ink prospect McCoshen to entry-level deal

2016 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships - Semifinals

TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 07: Ian McCoshen #3 of the Boston College Eagles reacts to the loss to Quinnipiac Bobcats during semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships at Amalie Arena on April 7, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Florida Panthers have reportedly signed top prospect Ian McCoshen to a three-year, entry-level deal, according to The Sun Sentinel. The deal is worth $925,000 if McCoshen is in the NHL and $70,000 if he’s in the AHL.

The 20-year-old was the Panthers’ second round pick, 31st overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. McCoshen spent the last three seasons at Boston College. He scored six goals, 21 points and a plus-30 rating in 40 games in 2015-16.

McCoshen, who turns 21 in August, could realistically crack Florida’s lineup in his first pro season because of the opening(s) on the Panthers blueline. Erik Gudbranson was traded to Vancouver, while Brian Campbell and Willie Mitchell are free agents.

The Panthers currently have six defensemen under contract for next season: Dmitry Kulikov, Jakub Kindl, Alex Petrovic, Aaron Ekblad, Michael Matheson and Steven Kampfer.