Abbotsford’s Noah Juulsen is now property of the Florida Panthers. (Panthers Twitter)

Abbotsford’s Noah Juulsen is now property of the Florida Panthers. (Panthers Twitter)

Abbotsford’s Juulsen claimed by Florida Panthers

Local hockey product picked up by Panthers on waiver wire from Montreal

Abbotsford’s Noah Juulsen is now property of the Florida Panthers.

The former Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association and Yale Hockey Academy product was placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, but was scooped up by Florida on Monday.

Juulsen and the Habs had agreed to a one-year, two-way contract back in October. That contract sees him earn $700,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL.

He suffered two hits in the same area of his face in 2018, but did heal up last season eventually suiting up for the AHL’s Laval Rocket for 13 games in 2019-20. He collected three points and four penalty minutes in those games.

He’s played 44 games for Montreal, picking up eight points and 10 penalty minutes.

The defenceman was chosen by Montreal in the first round, 26th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Juulsen starred in the Western Hockey League for the Everett Silvertips, putting up 124 points in four seasons. He was the team’s captain in his final season with the club.

He also played on the Team Canada world junior squad in 2017 and earned a silver medal.

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Juulsen joins a Panthers team that finished fourth in the Atlantic division last season, but were eliminated by the New York Islanders in the qualifying round.

Florida has been slotted into the Central division for 2021, and will compete against Dallas, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Chicago, Detroit and Columbus for a playoff spot.

The Panthers AHL affiliate is the Charlotte Checkers, which could be where Juulsen spends some time.

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