23-Year-Old Defenseman – Florida Panthers
Alex Petrovic Contract Information:
Signed a two-year (one-way), $2.1 million contract with the Panthers in July 2015.
Petrovic will be sidelined for at least one week with a foot injury, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Petrovic only saw action in seven games with the Panthers, but he played half the season with San Antonio of the AHL where he had 13 points and 79 PIM in 43 games. Petrovic has a chance to be among the Panthers top-eight defensemen to start the year, but his fate may depend on whether top pick Aaron Eckblad makes the team. If Petrovic sees a regular turn he will be a physical presence on the blue line, but only a fantasy factor in leagues that count PIM.
Petrovic played six games with the Panthers last season and only managed to rack up 25 PIMs. It looks like the vast majority of any fantasy value he provides will come from his willingness to drop the gloves.
The Panthers should boast an impressive defensive corps in the future with Dmitri Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson in the system, and Petrovic as the team's 36th overall pick in this year's draft. Unlike the prospects above, Petrovic likely will not see any time in the NHL this season. Instead, the efficacious rearguard will continue his development with the Red Deer Rebels for his fourth season in the WHL, a junior league.