Panthers Re-Sign Jonathan Racine for One Year: Report

The Florida Panthers have re-signed defensive prospect Jonathan Racine to a one-year, two-way contract, according to multiple reports.

The 2011 third-round draft pick will receive $660,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL/ECHL in 2016-17.

Racine, 23, has skated in one game with the Florida Panthers, coming back in the 2013-14 season. He was a minus-one with a minor penalty.

In 198 AHL games, he has netted one goal and 22 total points with a plus-28 rating. He spent four seasons in the QMJHL, where the Montreal native tallied 45 points and racked up 374 penalty minutes in 245 games played.

Jonathan Racine is a tough and chippy stay-at-home blueliner. He uses his body to flush players out of the crease and isn’t afraid to get too aggressive. He has logged an astonishing 333 penalty minutes in 198 AHL games since 2013.

This past season, Racine set career-highs in all major scoring categories with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, netting his first career goal, eight assists, and nine total points. He was pointless in five playoff appearances.

With Florida’s blueline stocked up after the additions of Keith Yandle, Jason Demers and Mark Pysyk, Racine will likely start the upcoming season with Portland and continue to build off his most impressive season as a pro.