Panthers sign defenseman John Ludvig to three-year, entry-level deal

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The Florida Panthers agreed to terms with 19-year old defenseman John Ludvig on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Ludvig, who appeared in 60 games for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey Leauge (WHL), produced 62 points (17-45-62) for his squad this season, as he helped them achieve a club-best 45-11-3 record.

He finished the season ranked third among defensemen in the WHL in points and assists, while also being ranked fourth in goals scored.

"John (Ludvig) had an outstanding season for Portland in the Western Hockey League and was among the league's top defensemen," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a press release. "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."

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Czech Republic native was selected by the Panthers in the third round (No. 69 overall) of the 2019 draft before going on to play in his third season in the WHL.


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