The Florida Panthers announced today that they have signed top prospect Spencer Knight to a three-year entry-level contract. Knight is one of the best goalie prospects in the league currently. This also means that Knight’s College career with Boston University is officially over.
Oh, it’s official. ☑️
We’ve agreed to terms with Spencer Knight (@slknight30) on a three-year, entry-level contract!
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— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) March 31, 2021
Spencer Knight Signs With Florida Panthers
This should get Panthers fans very excited for the future. Knight is one of the top prospects out there and looks like he could be a stud in the net. He was drafted 13th overall back in 2019 and had nothing but praise shouted about him. Since then, he’s done nothing but improve, posting a .931 and .932 in back-to-back college seasons. However, he also helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2020-21 World Jr Championships. With Knight backstopping them they took down the favoured Canadian team for the gold.
Knight’s development is key for Florida going forward and they know they can’t rush him. It seems likely he will report to the AHL team, which is currently the Syracuse Crunch. Florida and the Tampa Bay Lightning are currently sharing an AHL team due to the pandemic season. Although, for a top prospect such as Knight, starts will be available. Next season, Florida should be going back to their own AHL team which will be the Charlotte Checkers. Florida will be developing him until ready for NHL minutes there.
Using such a high pick on a goalie means you’re putting a ton of faith into him. So far, there’s been no reason to worry with Spencer Knight. He looks calm and cool in the net and there is a reason he is such a high draft pick. Overall, it will be interesting to see when Knight gets NHL time. Sergei Bobrovsky has a massive ticket still, and the Chris Driedger situation is up in the air too. Florida needs to balance development and winning. However, getting Knight signed is a huge step in the process.