23-Year-Old Defenseman – Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonathan Racine Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with the Panthers in July of 2016.
Racine and a 2017 sixth-round draft pick were traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Nikita Nesterov on Thursday.
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Racine fits the mold of a defense-first blueliner. In 70 games last season for AHL San Antonio, Racine didnít score a single goal while adding just seven assists. Instead, he chose to make his mark as an agitator, racking up 149 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating. With a crowded field ahead of him, Racine will likely need more time in the AHL before getting the call as a full-time NHL defenseman, if he ever makes it to that point. Should he eventually receive an extended call-up with the Panthers, Racine's lack of point production at any level of hockey should put a damper on his fantasy prospects.
Racine turned pro at the end of last season, but failed to record a point in eight games with AHL San Antonio. He'll need to prove he can produce at that level before the Panthers give him a chance at the big league, so it's unlikely he'll warrant a fantasy roster spot in 2013-14.
Racine plays a solid all-around game with a quick shot and a defensive minded presence on the ice. The former third-round pick could use a little more seasoning and will look to work on his offensive game if he hopes to hasten his rise to the NHL. He accrued 107 penalty minutes and 13 points in 61 games with the QMJHL's Shawnigan last season.