The Florida Panthers have come to a new agreement with one of their young restricted free agents, re-signing Mason Marchment to a one-year, two-way contract. Marchment was acquired by the Panthers last season and was actually arbitration-eligible, though he decided not to file.
A big, rangy forward with more than a little of his father, Bryan Marchment’s, bite, the 25-year-old forward came over to the Panthers in exchange for Denis Malgin. He played just six games in the Florida minor league system before the season was halted, scoring two points. But there’s more offense in the undrafted Marchement, who was a project player for the Maple Leafs that they turned into a fringe NHL talent. He scored 13 goals and 18 points in 24 games for the Toronto Marlies last season, also getting into his first four NHL contests.
Whether the new regime in Florida believes he can play in the NHL or not, Marchment will be at the very least a valuable depth piece for the Charlotte Checkers as they begin a new affiliation with Florida.