Panthers sign top draft pick Huberdeau to contract

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Panthers have signed first-round draft pick Jonathan Huberdeau to an entry-level contract.

The team announced Monday that they had signed the 18-year-old forward, who was selected third overall in last summer's draft.

The Quebec native played in five of the team's preseason games, scoring a team-high three goals. Huberdeau will play this season for his junior team in St. John, Quebec, as the Panthers hope he will add some muscle to his thin 6-foot-1, 171-pound frame.

He scored 43 goals and added 62 assists in 67 games last season for St. John.