24-Year-Old Goalie – Vancouver Canucks
Jacob Markstrom Contract Information:
Signed a two-year deal with Florida in July of 2013.
Markstrom cleared waivers Saturday at noon and will now head to the AHL Utica Comets.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Markstrom is expected to begin the year backing up veteran Scott Clemmensen. Nothing will make the Panthers happier than if his play warrants the lion's share of the starting duties in 2013-14. He's their best bet at goalie for the future, but some progress will have to be made before they give the 22-year-old full responsibility over the netminding duties. His save percentage was just .901 last season to go along with a 3.22 GAA in 23 appearances. With the Panthers not expected to pile up the Ws this year, Markstrom isn't a very reliable choice for most fantasy teams.
Markstrom enters this season as Florida's goalie of the future, but is expected to start the 2012-2013 season in the AHL. The 6-foot-3 butterfly goalie has plenty of potential and could see himself with the big club sooner rather than later. In seven games played this past season, Markstrom was 2-4 with a 2.66 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. Markstrom is a top keeper option and a viable sleeper option should he play himself onto the roster with a strong showing in camp. Neither Scott Clemmensen or Jose Theodore have much upside remaining, making Markstrom the smart choice in keeper drafts.
Markstrom was Florida's second-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Even though he will likely wind up spending most of his time backstopping for the Rochester Americans (AHL) this season, it's worth keeping tabs on Markstrom, as he is widely considered the Panthers' goalie of the future. Last season, the tall netminder (he's 6-foot-3) won the Elitserien Rookie of the Year award as a member of Bryanas IF of the Swedish Elite League. Based on his three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers in June of 2010, it has become evident that this butterfly-style goalie is vastly approaching the NHL stage.