The Florida Panthers have kept busy during this hiatus by agreeing to terms with defenseman John Ludvig on an entry-level deal.
Ludvig, who is 19-years-old, spent the past season with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, posting 17G, 45A, for 62 points in 60 games as the team’s captain. Prior to the 2019-20 campaign, Ludvig only registered 18 points (5G & 13A) in 58 games, seeing his point tally rise drastically in his third season.
Originally drafted by the Panthers in the third round (69th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, the 6’1″, 201lb defenseman holds dual citizenship to both Canada and the Czech Republic, respectively.
“John had an outstanding season for Portland in the Western Hockey League and was among the league’s top defensemen. He is a talented defenseman who possesses great compete, physicality and character. We are excited for John’s continued development and look forward to his future in the Panthers organization.”
Known for his physicality and willingness to throw his large frame around, Ludvig can also jump up and score on the rush, possessing a heavy shot that can beat just about any goaltender. He isn’t regarded as an overly skilled player, but Ludvig sticks to what he knows best which is separating his man from the puck. As well, Ludvig is someone who isn’t afraid to fight, taking on any player of any size to protect his teammates.
Ludvig is expected to return to Portland to play in his final season in the Western Hockey League as a then 20-year-old.
Stay tuned for more relating to your Florida Panthers as we anxiously wait for a decision from the NHL pertaining to the remainder of the 2019-20 season.