Shawn Matthias will likely earn a full time job with the Florida Panthers next season and today the Panthers signed his likely replacement for the Amerks, AJ Jenks from the Plymouth Whalers.Â The kid has put up some good numbers in the OHL, here’s hoping he can continue in the AHL.
Here’s the press release:
SUNRISE, FL â€“ Florida Panthers General Manager Randy Sexton announced today the club has agreed to an entry level contract with C AJ Jenks.
Jenks, 19, played in 52 games with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) this season placing second on the team in goals (23), assists (40) and points (63), finishing behind the National Hockey Leagueâ€™s Central Scouting No. 1 prospect Tyler Seguin. Jenks, who served as Plymouthâ€™s team captain played in nine playoffs games this year with the Whalers scoring four goals with eight assists.
The Wolverine Lake, MI native won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan, recording five points (3-2-5) in 7 games. Jenks was drafted by Florida with their fourth choice (100th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Jenks becomes the fourth prospect to be signed by the Florida this off-season joining Marc Cheverie, Adam Comrie and Eric Selleck.