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Panthers in Pursuit of another Hot Shot Prospect?

DaCosta Thanks to a tip from a loyal reader, I started looking up some information on top prospect Stephane Da Costa.

According to EagleTribune.com out of North Andover, Ma. -- which covered Da Costa during two sensational seasons at Merrimack College -- the Panthers are in the running to sign this coveted young center.

The story, written by Mike McMahon, says the Panthers are one of three teams (Ottawa and Minnesota) who have the best shot at signing the free agent.

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman also weighs in on Da Costa meeting with his new agents and also lists Ottawa and Minnesota as a favorite but does not mention the Panthers. Friedman has the Sens, Wild, Bruins, Ducks, Penguins and Preds as the front-runners.

So we'll just have to see. Sounds like the kid wants to sign sometime this week. So we could have news on this in the coming days.

Florida has already been busy on the free agent collegiate/junior market this season with Mike Santos signing Jonathan Hazen to a three-year deal just last week.

A native of Paris, France -- not Texas, you goof -- Da Costa led Merrimack to the regionals where they were knocked off by Notre Dame in overtime this past weekend.

In two seasons with the Merrimack Warriors, Da Costa scored 91 points in 67 games with 30 goals.