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Florida Panthers sign Jake Massie to an entry-level contract

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Defenseman earns deal after participating in development camp

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The Florida Panthers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Jake Massie on a two-year, entry-level contract.

Massie appeared in 30 games with the University of Vermont in 2018-19, recording nine points, including five goals. The 6-foot-2, 177-pound native of Sainte-Lazare, Quebec, played 95 games over three seasons with the Catamounts, producing a total of 23 points (6G/17A).

Prior to enrolling at Vermont, he played one season in the USHL with the Omaha Lancers.

The 22-year-old participated in Florida’s recent development camp and turned heads with his physical play.

He was originally selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and his rights were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on September 11 of that year, but he was never signed to a contract.

Massie has been described as a rangy defenseman who is good in his own end and limited offensively.