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Checkers sign Panthers draft picks Greg Meireles and Matthew Wedman

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Forward prospects sign one-year AHL deals

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The Florida Panthers announced that the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, signed forwards Greg Meireles and Matthew Wedman to one-year AHL contracts.

Meireles, 21, appeared in 48 regular season games with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers in 2019-20, producing 65 points (31G/34A) and served as the club’s co-captain. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, recorded an OHL career-best 36 goals and 97 points in 68 games with Kitchener during the 2018-19 season.

Originally selected by Florida in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Meireles appeared in 244 career OHL regular season games, registering 239 points (99G/140A). He played a total of 26 OHL playoff games and produced 4 goals and 4 assists.

The 21-year-old Wedman appeared in 35 regular season games with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets in 2019-20, posting 17 goals and 36 points. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, also appeared in 19 games with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, notching 17 points (6G/11A), while serving as the team’s captain.

Originally selected by Florida in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Wedman appeared in 310 career WHL regular season games, amassing 211 points (92G/119A). He played a total of 49 WHL playoff games and produced 6 goals and 10 assists.