Young Florida Panthers rookie goalie Jacob Markstrom is set to become a restricted free agent come this summer in July. After veteran goaltenders Scott Clemmenssen and Jose Theodore split the time net minding for the Panthers until injury and poor performance set in, Markstrom was thrown in to the role
Theodore is also set to become an unrestricted free agent come July as well while Clemmenssen has one year left on his contract. It would be wise for the Panthers to sign Markstrom and let Theodore go as the future should be in the team’s young talent especially when Markstrom proved himself in goal this past season with numbers that clearly surpassed his veteran counterparts. In the 23 games he played for the Panthers, he won eight and lost 14 with a save percentage of .901 and a goals-against average of 3.22 while Clemmenssen started in goal 11 times winning three and losing seven with a save percentage of .874 and a goals-against average of 3.67 and Theodore played in 14 games winning four and losing six having a save percentage of .893 and goals-against average of 3.29.
It appears that the Panthers future is with Markstrom and this season may have been the proof that they needed to keep him and make him their top goalie.