The Florida Panthers have been busy the past few days locking up their young talent. Vincent Trocheck has been added to that list. The forward signed a deal that will keep him in Florida for the next six years.
.@FlaPanthers lock up RFA Vincent Trocheck w/ six-year deal, $4.75m per season. Had a career-high 25 goals last year.
— –George Richards– (@GeorgeRichards) July 2, 2016
Trocheck Signs Six-Year Deal
Trocheck is coming off a break-out year where he totaled 25 goals and 28 assists for a total of 53 points in his first full season in the NHL. The 25 goals where a career high for the young forward and had him tied for third among the Panthers. His 53 points were good for fifth and also a career high.
Trocheck has spent his career with the Panthers, who drafted him during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was a part of the 2013 USA team that took gold in the 2013 World Junior Championships. He contributed with three goals and three assists in six games.
Since 2013, Trocheck has played in 146 games, putting up 37 goals and totaling 83 points. His season was cut short this past year when a foot injury caused him to miss the rest of the season after playing in 76 games. His play drew praise from teammate Jaromir Jagr.
“He was our best player for a long time,” Jagr said about the forward. “It’s tough. Not only we lost this game, we lost our best player.”
Trocheck comes back to a team that has a slew of talent. This includes youngsters such as Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad, who recently signed his own eight-year extension with the club. Veterans including Jagr and Roberto Luongo also stand out for the team. New guys like James Reimer and Jason Demers will look to make a splash for the club next season.
This is a Panthers team that has made some key improvements during the off-season and look to be a powerhouse coming out of the Atlantic Division.