The Florida Panthers have signed goaltender Spencer Knight to a 3 year entry level contract less than two years after being drafted 13th overall.
The 19-year-old just finished his sophomore season with Boston College and will now be joining either the NHL club right away or in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. Knight could go either way but don’t be surprised if he makes an NHL debut before the regular season ends.
A huge achievement for the young star. In only two years, Knight won a silver and a gold medal in the World Junior Championships, was named the Hockey East goaltender and player of the year, a Hobey Baker award nomination, and a Mike Richter award nomination.
Knight will now be working with the Panthers goaltending excellence department that consists of Rberto Luongo, Francois Allaire, Rob Tallas and Leo Luongo. It is safe to say that a lot of effort will be put into his development.
This signing begs the question of who goes where down the road. Back in the summer of 2019, two weeks after the Panthers drafted a goaltender 13th overall, they signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven year contract. This season, Chris Driedger is making a loud argument for that crease. This is a great problem to have but still a problem nonetheless.
This is Chris Driedger’s final year of his contract and if he keeps playing well, another team might want to make him an offer. If not, then the Panthers will have an above average goaltending tandem with him and Bobrovsky.
In a couple years. Knight could be fully developed and Bobrovsky will be approaching 35 years old. Not to say that Bobrovsky won’t be great but his age might lead to Knight getting more playing time down the road.
Another goalie in Florida’s pipeline is Sam Montembeault. The 24-year-old already has 25 NHL games under his belt. So far in the 2021 season, Montembeault has only played in the NHL with the Syracuse Crunch.
No matter what happens or who goes where, the Florida Panthers have absolutely nothing to worry about goaltending for possibly the next decade or even more.