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Panthers Agree to Entry-Level Contracts with Houser and McFadden

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to entry-level contracts with G Michael Houser and D Josh McFadden.

“Michael and Josh competed very hard at our development camp last week and both players demonstrated that they deserved contracts with our club,” said Tallon. “We look forward to watching both players grow and develop within our organization.”

Houser, 19, won the Red Tilson Trophy as the most outstanding player in the Ontario Hockey League recording a 46-15-1 mark, while playing for London last season. He also was the first American-born player and first player from London to be named the Canadian Hockey League's top goaltender. He posted a 2.47 goals-against average, had six shutouts, with a .925 save percentage.

Houser played in a Canadian Hockey League-high 3,698 minutes last season, while tying the OHL record for wins in a season with 46. He helped London win the OHL title and advance to the Memorial Cup championship game. He was No. 16 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American goalies for the 2012 NHL Draft, but went unselected.

McFadden, 21, has spent the last three years playing for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL). Last season, McFadden notched 41 points, including 15 goals in 47 games played. During the 2010-2011 campaign, recorded a career best 19 goals with 53 assists, while pacing the Wolves with 72 points.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman also served as team captain for Sudbury during the 2011-2012 season.

Michael Houser’s Career Stats

Season Team League GP Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct  

2008-09 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 32 1523 102 0 0 4.02 5 18 0 943 0.902  
2009-10 London Knights OHL 25 1450 75 1 0 3.10 17 4 1 674 0.900  
2010-11 London Knights OHL 54 3088 171 6 1 3.32 30 19 5 1608 0.904  
2011-12 London Knights OHL 62 3698 152 6 6 2.47 46 15 1 1862 0.925  


Josh McFadden’s Career Stats

Season

Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2008-09 Mississauga St. Michael's OHL 47 1 6 7 8
2008-09 Mississauga Chargers OJHL 7 3 1 4 32
2009-10 Mississauga St. Michael's OHL 16 2 4 6 2
2009-10 Sudbury Wolves OHL 45 2 22 24 26
2010-11 Sudbury Wolves OHL 67 19 53 72 74
2011-12 Sudbury Wolves OHL 47 15 26 41 43



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