Panthers find a Keeper, sign Maine sophomore to two-year NHL deal

The Florida Panthers have signed Maine sophomore defenseman Brady Keeper to a two-year, entry-level contract.

“Brady is a promising puck-moving defenseman who possesses strong offensive instincts and plays a physical game,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon in a statement. “He has been a leader for the University of Maine and found success as one of the team’s top defenders. We are excited for Brady to join the Panthers and continue to grow his game.”

Keeper appeared in 36 games this season, leading all Black Bears defensemen in goals (seven), assists (15) and points (22).

In two seasons in Orono, the undrafted Keeper played in 73 games, notching 44 points on 13 goals and 31 assists.