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Jonathan Huberdeau signs contract

SUNRISE, Fla. -- 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 the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, 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.