The Florida Panthers have signed former seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKenzie Weegar to an entry level contract today.
Selected 207th overall, Weegar has seen his prospect status quickly rise this season playing for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. The 20-year defenseman scored 59-points (12 G, 47 A) in 61-games this past season and has scored over 100-points in his brief two year career with the Mooseheads.
Hockey’s Future describes him as a ‘small but intelligent defender who makes good choices with and without the puck and who can help his team generate offense. He plays a steady, positional game in his own end, but is quick to join the rush when the opportunity appears. He lacks top end skills, but is a good skater and an efficient defender.’
With the likes of Ian McCoshen, Mike Matheson, Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov likely to make up the future top four with the Panthers, a player like Weegar playing on the bottom pair can become very valuable.
Look for Weegar to begin the year with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League and if all went according to plan he would play an entire year (or two) in the minors before moving to the NHL. But as we saw with Vincent Trocheck last season that the ‘plan’ always doesn’t go accordingly.