The Florida Panthers have signed Marek Alscher according to a team release. The entry-level contract is a three-year agreement that will begin next season, keeping the prospect in the Panthers organisation through the 2025-26 season.
Alscher was a third-round pick of the Panthers in the 2022 NHL Draft, and is playing in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks. The 18-year-old has scored seven goals and 21 points in 54 games this season, his second in Portland. Last season, Alscher scored seven goals and 16 points in 61 games. The Winterhawks have been a strong team each season, and Alscher has carved out a big role for them.
The 6-foot-3 and 196 pound left shooting defenseman has put up decent production for his age and position, but he is known more for his defensive game. He is a big, strong defender that is counted on to shut down the opposition and clear out the front of the net, making life easier for his goaltenders.
Alscher suited up for Czechia at the 2022 Ivan Hlinka tournament, scoring one point in four games.
The Panthers are a team that has no problem scoring goals, but could use some help on the blue line. Alscher will need some time to refine his all-around game, but after trading away many draft picks in recent years, Alscher was their first selection in last year’s draft. They will be counting on him to continue his development with the Winterhawks this season, and possibly next as a 19 year old, before turning pro in 2024-25.
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