Apr 6, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen (4) and Dallas Stars center Colton Sceviour (22) collide along the boards in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers re-sign Dylan Olsen

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The Florida Panthers announced that they have re-signed defenseman Dylan Olsen to a two-year contract. The part time NHLer played 44 games with the Panthers last year and will look to continue to prove himself on a team with plenty of opportunity available for young blue liners to step up.

The Panthers acquired Olsen last season from the Chicago Blackhawks as one part of the deal that saw Kris Versteeg return to Chicago. He had played almost exclusively in the AHL save for a 28-game stint with Chicago in 2011-12. Last season, however, Olsen saw much more time at the NHL level as he suited up for 44 games as a Panther. He tallied 3 goals and 9 assists in that stretch

With only Brian Campbell and Willie Mitchell to secure the blue line as veterans, the Panthers are hoping to instill some competition among the younger members of their defensive core. As a first round pick in 2009, Olsen is still considered a promising young player who needs time in the pros to develop his game.

This is the second such move for the Panthers this week. They re-signed third overall pick Erik Gudbranson earlier this week and now with Olsen, Campbell, Mitchell and incoming draftee Aaron Ekblad the Panthers can set their eyes on September with a real competition set for training camp.

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