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Report: Panthers sign Michael Downing to entry-level contract

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Wolverine defender signs on the line which is dotted

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According to Sun Sentinel beat writer Harvey Fialkov, the Florida Panthers have signed Michigan defenseman Michael Downing to an entry-level contract.

The 20-year-old Downing just completed his junior campaign with the Wolverines on a bit of a sour note, as Michigan lost to North Dakota in the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament this past weekend.

In 35 games this season, Downing scored 3 goals and added 17 assists, while racking up 66 PIM to go along with a very healthy +20 rating. The 17 assists were a career-high at the NCAA level and his 20 pointa were just two off the 22 he posted in 36 games last year as a sophomore.

Look for Downing to ink an ATO with the Portland Pirates to get his feet wet at the professional level.

For more on Downing, check out SBN College Hockey Chris Dilks' article on the signing.