The Florida Panthers and defenseman Erik Gudbranson agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
Gudbranson, a restricted free agent, had three goals and nine points in 65 games while averaging 17:58 of ice time per game. He led the Panthers with 158 hits and was fifth with 91 blocked shots.
The third pick of the 2010 draft by the Panthers, the 22-year-old defenseman has five goals, 21 points and 239 penalty minutes in 169 NHL games.
"Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the team's website. "He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development."