SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Carter Verhaeghe on a two-year contract.
“Carter is a dynamic forward who brings an up-tempo, creative game to our team,” said Zito. “He has excelled at every level in which he has competed and we are thrilled to add him to our lineup.”
Verhaeghe, 25, completed his first National Hockey League season appearing in 52 regular season games in 2019-20, with the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 13 points (9-4-13) and appeared in eight postseason games, notching two assists.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound native of Toronto, Ontario, spent the prior two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL), amassing 130 points (51-79-130) over 134 regular season games. In 2018-19, he led the AHL in goals (34) and points (82) and led Syracuse in assists (48). He was named to the AHL First All-Star Team and awarded the AHL’s Willie Marshall Award and the John B. Sollenger Trophy for most goals and points in the league, respectively.
Prior to his professional career, he spent four seasons (2011-12 to 2014-15) with the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), producing 224 points (83-141-224) over 252 regular season games. He served as Niagara’s captain during the 2014-15 season and led the club in points in his final two seasons.
On the international stage, Verhaeghe won a Gold Medal with Canada at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship, notching four assists over seven tournament games.
Verhaeghe was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.