Early this morning the Florida Panthers announced the signing of Jonathan Ang to an entry-level contract. The 19-year old Ang was selected 94th-overall in the 2016 draft and currently plays for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL, where he’s off to a fine start. With 30 points in his first 22 games, Ang leads the Petes in scoring and has helped them to a 12-9-1 start.
Ang is most well-known for one specific attribute: speed. The 6’0″ forward can absolutely fly up and down the ice and uses that speed to cause havoc in the offensive zone. He has experience at both center and wing, but still needs to work on the overall polish of his two-way game and use more than just speed when on the attack. Those things can usually be learned though, and Ang remains a legitimate NHL prospect despite his low draft ranking.
Peterborough looks like they have a chance to go deep in the OHL playoffs this season, Ang’s last in the junior ranks. He also will get a look for Canada’s World Junior Team after playing for them in the Summer Showcase. The Team Canada roster will be a tough nut to crack after several big names have been sent back to junior lately, but Ang has as good of a shot as anyone due to his age and success this season.