SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin announced today that the club has agreed to terms on an entry level contract with RW Michal Repik, the Cats second pick (40th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Repik, 18, played in 56 games with the Vancouver Giants this season scoring 24 goals with 31 assists, earning a Memorial Cup Championship, playing alongside Panthers prospect Kenndal McArdle (Florida’s first choice, 20th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft). In the Western Hockey League playoffs, Repik paced his team tallying 26 points (10-16-26) in 22 games played with a +14 rating. In five Memorial Cup contests, Repik registered a tourunament best seven points (3-4-7) including the GWG in the Memorial Cup Championship game, earning him the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the leading scorer in the tournament.
“Michal has great hockey sense and is a proven winner as evidence by his Vancouver team winning this year’s Memorial Cup,” Martin said. “When we saw Michal still available with the 40th overall pick, we couldn’t pass up this highly talented player. Michal is a smart, two-way player who we look forward to watching develop within our organization.”
The Vlasim, Czech Republic native also was a teammate of Panthers prospect Michael Frolik (Florida’s first choice, tenth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft) while playing for the Czech at the 2007 World Junior Championships.
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