The Florida Panthers continue to add more names to their prospect cupboard, this time agreeing to terms with OHL standout Cole Schwindt. The contract will be a three-year entry-level deal for the 18-year old center. Panthers GM Dale Tallon gave his thoughts on the young forward:
Cole is a talented and responsible two-way player who had an excellent season playing a key role with Mississauga. He possesses great versatility, size and character and we are excited about his continued development with the Panthers.
Selected 81st overall in 2019 by the Panthers, Schwindt’s offensive totals shot up for the third straight year with the Mississauga Steelheads. The 6’2″ 182-lbs forward recorded 71 points in just 57 games, easily leading the Steelheads in scoring.
Given that Schwindt will not turn 19 until later this month, he is destined to spend another year in the OHL unless he makes a miraculous impression at Panthers training camp. His time with the organization will come later, though his contract will slide forward should he fail to play in ten NHL contests during the 2020-21 season.