General Manager Dale Tallon
announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with Jacob Markstrom
, the Panthers' top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft and the top goaltender in Sweden this season.
"Jacob is a very skilled and talented young goaltender who we are pleased to have reached a contract agreement with," Tallon said in a statement. "He has performed exceptionally well in the Swedish Elite League, as well as in international competition. He will continue to improve and develop his game while playing in North America and we look forward to his contributions to our organization."
Markstrom, 20, played in 43 games with Brynas of the Swedish Elite League during the 2009-10 season, posting a 20-10-10 mark with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He was named the league's Goalie of the Year for his accomplishments.
Markstrom played in three games at the 2010 World Championships, going 3-0 with a 1.33 GAA and one shutout while helping Sweden earn the Bronze medal. Markstrom also helped Sweden earn a Bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships, going 4-1-0 in five games.
Markstrom was drafted by the Panthers with their first choice (No. 31) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He is the seventh prospect to be signed by Florida this off-season, joining Scott Timmins
, Colby Robak
, AJ Jenks
, Marc Cheverie
, Adam Comrie
and Eric Selleck