The Florida Panthers have signed AHL defenseman Ed Wittchow to a one-year two-way contract worth $670 thousand. Wittchow made his pro debut last season when he was signed to an AHL one-way contract with the Springfield Thunderbirds. He played a total of 38 games for Springfield putting up two goals and two assists for four points with 58 penalty minutes and a minus-six rating.
Ed also split the year with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL where in 14 games he put up one goal and eight assists for nine points with 17 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. Before pro, however, Ed spent a total of four seasons in the NCAA with the University of Wisconsin appearing in a total of 123 games scoring just a single goal with 16 assists for 17 points.
The Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is also excited to have him join the organization as he had this to say.
“We are proud to have signed Ed, he earned this contract due to his impeccable character and dedication to the game. Ed has worked hard for this deal and we are excited to watch his continued progress with this new opportunity.”
It’s unlikely that Ed makes an appearance for the Panthers but having him down in the AHL for more growth and experience is great for him as a defenseman. And if things go right for the 24-year-old defenseman he could very well be re-signed at the end of the season or sometime during.