Florida Panthers prospect Chris Clapperton has become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) after reportedly failing to sign a contract with the team prior to the June 1st deadline. Clapperton was drafted in 2013 by the Panthers, giving him and the team two years to negotiate and sign a contract. Because he is over the age of 21, he’s not eligible to re-enter the draft and instead becomes a UFA.
Clapperton recently played the last game of his junior career which was a 5-2 loss to the Quebec Remparts in the Memorial Cup tournament. The 5’10”, 186-pound left-winger has compiled 270 points in 237 career games in the QMJHL and has been an assistant captain for the past two years.. It’s somewhat surprising that the Panthers didn’t sign him considering their wing depth and his apparent offensive consistency, however it’s also possible that he is interested in playing elsewhere. He is no longer listed on the Panthers’ “In the System” roster page. It is unclear whether Clapperton was offered a contract and couldn’t reach an agreement, or if the Panthers chose not to offer him one in the first place.