SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with LW David Booth.
Booth, 21, was drafted by Florida with its third choice (53rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In 36 games for Michigan State (CCHA) last season, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound forward finished third on the team with 35 points (13-22-35). He tallied the game-winning goal that clinched the 2006 CCHA playoff tournament title last year.
"David is a young, physical player who performed very well on the collegiate level," Keenan said. "He will have the opportunity to continue to develop and mature while playing within our organization next season."
The Washington, Mich. native was selected to the CCHA's All-Rookie team after completing his freshman campaign as the team's leading rookie scorer with 36 points (17-19-36). In his four years with the Spartans, Booth appeared in 144 games, scoring 45 goals with 60 assists. Booth spent the 2001-02 season with the U.S. Under-18 Team. He captured the Under-18 World Championship, scoring two goals in a 3-1 win over Russia in the gold-medal game.