Many people believed young star prospect Adam Mascherin was playing a very dangerous game back on June 23. The left winger made the executive decision to re-enter the NHL Entry draft after a controversial experience with the Florida Panthers, who had selected in the second round, 38th overall back in 2016.
Back in March, The Athletic's Craig Custance reported that the 20-year-old prospect was going to re-enter the draft, unhappy with the way he had been treated by the Panthers. He did, and the Dallas Stars landed him with the 100th pick from this summer's fourth round. Mascherin might have just gotten the best revenge from the Panthers, who apparently mistreated him as revealed this spring in The Athletic's story:
"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 in 2017, which was more than shocking since the organization often lacks game breaking scoring wingers, and the 20-year-old appears like he can address a dire need in Florida. Even NHL insider Bob McKenzie, who was surprised at the situation in Florida, was worried Mascherin was taking a huge risk.
Now he will fill that void in Dallas with bragging rights in hand: the Stars have signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Mascherin recorded 40 goals and 46 assists in 67 regular-season games with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers during the 2017-18 campaign. He ranked first on his team in both points and goals. He also skated in 19 games during the 2018 OHL Playoffs and picked up nine goals and 15 assists.
Over his four seasons with Kitchener, Mascherin tallied 296 points over 259 regular-season games.
The Stars will be able to count on his offense and determination starting in October, and Mascherin has finally gotten the sweet revenge on his former club as he stands with a professional contract in hand.
It looks like the risk paid off.