Good Gudbranson

One strong exhibition game hardly makes an NHL career, but it’s so far, so good for Ottawa’s Erik Gudbranson, bidding to make the Florida Panthers lineup as an 18-year-old.

Gudbranson opened the scoring, added an assist and played more than 21 minutes in the Panthers 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday.

“I like the way he plays,” said Panthers coach Peter DeBoer. “He makes you pay a price.”

Gudbranson, selected third overall in last June’s NHL entry draft, behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, is still without a contract. But if he keeps this up, Panthers GM Dale Tallon will quickly get down to business.

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