The Panthers have signed Grigori Denisenko to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Florida selected Denisenko with the No.15 overall pick in 2018. The 19-year-old winger has spent the last two seasons playing a minimal role in the KHL, posting just 12 points (6G / 6A) in 38 games this past season. However, while playing against players of his age, Denisenko has flourished. He has represented Russia at the World Juniors in each of the last two years and has combined for 18 points (7G / 11A) in 14 games. He should be in a Panthers' uniform in 2020-21 and will be among the pre-season favourites to win the Calder Trophy.
The Panthers select Grigori Denisenko with the No.15 overall pick.
Denisenko is an extremely talented puck-handler, playmaker and has the ability to finishes chances on his own. Denisenko had nine goals and 13 assists (22 points) in 31 games in the MHL, the KHL’s minor league, while also adding five goals and two assists (seven points) in 12 playoff games. The 17-year-old added 11 points (6G / 5A) in 14 games to his International resume while playing for the Russian U-18 squad.