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Panthers A Positive For Houser


When he was born, doctors told Michael Houser's mother he would never walk.  One day signing an NHL contract was a long way out of the equation.  Operations to correct a club foot ensued, and he did a whole lot more than walk.  On Wednesday, July 11th, 2012, Michael Houser made a pro contract a reality.  The OHL's Most Outstanding Player and the CHL's Goaltender of the Year signed an entry level deal with the Florida Panthers.

Houser was passed over in the NHL entry draft for a third time in June, but will now have every opportunity to compete for a job within the Panthers' organization this fall.  Florida has Jose Theodore, Scott Clemmenson and Jacob Markstrom sitting 1-2-3, but after that, the field really is wide open.  The Panthers have Brian Foster, Dov Grumet-Morris, Sergei Gayduchenkov and Sam Brittain on their depth chart, but none of them appear to have any decided advantage over Houser.  The Pennsylvania native was thought by some to be in a great position having not been drafted because he was able to lean toward a situation that would not leave him buried in a team's system beneath draft picks who would get looks long before him.  This appears to be a very positive move for Houser.

The Knights' all-time leader in wins is now very unlikely to return to the team for 2012-13.  He does still have a year of eligibility left as an overager.