Cats Sign C Janis Sprukts
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the team has signed C Janis Sprukts to a one-year contract.
Sprukts, 25, played in 35 games with HPK Hameenlinna (Finland) this season scoring 18 goals with 10 assists and 14 penalty minutes. The Riga, Latvia native has represented his country at the IIHF World Championships four times, most recently competing on their 2006 squad (complete career stats can be found below).
Sprukts was originally drafted by Florida with its 7th choice (234th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He is expected to attend training camp with Florida in mid-September.