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Report: Huberdeau signs two-year extension with Florida Panthers

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After a long waiting period, one of the team's brightest young stars has finally put pen to paper.

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Though it's taken longer than many would have liked, Jonathan Huberdeau has agreed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Florida Panthers, according to NHL insider Bob McKenzie. The contract has an AAV of $3.25 million per season. The 22-year-old winger, and former Calder Trophy winner, had 15 goals and 39 assists for 54 points in 79 games in 2014-15 to lead the club in scoring.

The Panthers and GM Dale Tallon have now wrapped up their offseason work and the Cats will open training camp and friday's first practice with a full complement of players and, almost as importantly, no distractions.

Going back in time, here's what we said about Huberdeau in our Season in Review article. We expect more of the same, if not better in 2015-16.

There is no reason to be concerned about Jonathan Huberdeau. His sophomore slump was just an unlucky year in terms of percentages, and his game has grown since his rookie season. He is now a well-rounded offensive player, who doesn't slack off on defense, and will help the team win hockey games in 2015-2016.

I truly believe that next year will be the 22-year-old's coming out party. He has incredible offensive potential, and a playing with a true top-six center (Barkov, Bjugstad, or even Trocheck) will do wonders for his production. 70 points truly isn't out of the question for the young winger.