Panthers Sign Wilson for 2 Years

     Yes, this news is a week old, but the Florida Panthers have signed former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Michigan Tech defenseman Clay Wilson to a two-year contract. Wilson, 26, is a 2001 Carlton High School graduate. Information below from the Panthers; financial terms were not released:

SUNRISE, Fla. -– Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton announced July 2 that the club has signed D Clay Wilson to a two-year contract.

“Clay is a versatile and mobile player who was one of the top defensemen in the American Hockey League last season,” said Sexton. “He has played a handful of games in the National Hockey League and understands what it takes to compete at this level and will be given the opportunity to compete for a spot on our team in training camp.”

Wilson, 26, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as their American Hockey League affiliates in Syracuse and Chicago.  He recorded a career best 45 points (14-31-45) in 70 games with Syracuse and Chicago last year.

Wilson made his NHL debut during the 2007-08 campaign playing for Columbus, appearing in seven games, scoring one goal with one assist. For his career in the NHL, he played in 14 NHL contests with both Columbus and Atlanta registering three points (1-2-3).