21-Year-Old Defenseman – Florida Panthers
Ian McCoshen Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers in June of 2016.
McCoshen was called up from AHL Springfield on Monday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports.
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After a successful run in the USHL, McCoshen was a second-round pick by the Panthers in 2013 and has since headed off to play college hockey at Boston College. In his first two seasons there, the Wisconsin native has been one of the team's top defensemen, scoring six goals and 10 assists in 35 games last season while also picking up 63 penalty minutes as a top-pairing defenseman for one of the best programs in the country. Now an alternate captain going into his junior year, McCoshen will need a few more years between the collegiate and AHL ranks before cracking the Panthers' lineup. However, he's a name to watch moving forward, as he has the size (6-foot-3 and 218 pounds) and makeup to be a future top-four defenseman for the Panthers.
Though he’s not held in as high regard as Boston College teammate and fellow Panthers blueline prospect Mike Matheson, McCoshen certainly looks like he as a bright future ahead of him. The 19-year-old tallied a meager five goals and eight assists over 33 games as a freshman, but at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, he offers the size organizations covet in their defensemen. Expect him to improve his output in Year 2 at BC, with his stock likely to rise accordingly.
McCoshen was the first pick of the second round in the 2013 NHL Draft. At only 17 years old, expect him to play the 2013-13 season with his junior team of the last three years, the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He recorded 11 goals and 33 assists in 54 games on the Waterloo blue line in 2012-13, so keep an eye on him as his career progresses and don't expect to see him in the pros for at least another year.