Cats Lock-Up Pair of 2004 Draft Picks
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with both G David Shantz and D Bret Nasby on entry-level contracts.
Shantz, 20, guided the Peterborough Petes to the Ontario Hockey League title this season and a berth in the Memorial Cup. He played in four Memorial Cup contests, going 1-3 with a .906 save percentage, as well as all 19 games for the Petes during the OHL playoffs, posting a 16-3 mark with a 2.61 GAA. Shantz also appeared in 49 regular season contests with Peterborough going 31-16-1 with a 2.87 GAA.
Prior to joining Peterborough, Shantz spent two seasons (2003-05) with the Mississauga IceDogs playing in 70 games with a 31-29-5 record. The Hamilton, Ontario native was originally drafted by Florida with their second choice (37th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Nasby, 20, played in 52 games for both Oshawa and Erie this season, scoring nine goals with 22 assists and 72 penalty minutes. Prior to playing for Erie he spent two seasons with Oshawa (2003-05) appearing in 122 games recording 24 points (2-20-24) with 112 PIM. The Grimsby, Ontario native was originally drafted by Florida with their fifth choice (152nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Both players are expected to be at the club's training camp that will open in mid-September.