One of the most exciting things for a young hockey prospect is the idea of getting drafted by a National Hockey League club and having a long prestigious career in the professional ranks. And that dream should only come true once in a player's career, right?
Left winger Adam Mascherin was selected in the second round, 38th overall, by the Florida Panthers back in the 2016 NHL Entry draft. The dream came true, the kid must have been thrilled to get pick by a growing team where he could eventually make a huge difference. However, back in March, The Athletic's Craig Custance reported that the 19-year-old prospect was going to re-enter the draft, unhappy with the way he had been treated by the Panthers.
"According to an NHL source, the Florida Panthers have been told that prospect Adam Mascherin won't be signing with them before the draft. If that remains the case, he would re-enter the draft where he would be an interesting prospect coming off a big season in Kitchener. He has 40 goals this season in 67 games. Mascherin was the Panthers second-round pick (No. 38 overall) in 2016 and GM Dale Tallon is now shopping him to try and get a return before the draft."
Apparently, the controversy started to brew as the forward did not heard from the Panthers all summer long last year, which was more than shocking since the organization often lacks game breaking scoring wingers, and the 19-year-old appears like he can address a dire need in Florida. It however seems like he prefers to fill that void elsewhere.
Since he is eligible to re-enter the NHL entry draft, some teams in need of an offensive threat on the wing may gamble and wait and see at the draft itself. However, NHL insider Bob McKenzie has just reported that he believes Mascherin is playing a dangerous game ahead of the draft by re-entering, as cited by Amar Basi. McKenzie explains that "usually players that re-enter that draft get taken lower, thus, get offered a lesser contract than the one they originally rejected, and often they end up getting drafted by the same team."
McKenzie also reveals the details on the eventual offer made by the Panthers in the first place to Mascherin, which seems more than acceptable for a young forward prospect.
"To contrary belief, the Florida Panthers did indeed offer Adam Mascherin an ELC, a pretty lucrative one as well, same ELC Alex DeBrincat got. Mascherin decided not to sign it cause he wasn’t “feeling the love” from the Panthers," said McKenzie.
A dangerous game indeed for a prospect that, though talented, seems to be just fussy in this recollection of events by McKenzie...