A former goal-scorer for the Florida Panthers in the late 2000s, David Booth spent last season playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. However, he played in the NHL as recently as 2015, and the Anaheim Ducks are giving him a professional tryout opportunity in training camp.
This will be the second straight September Booth has been extended a PTO offer. He tried out for a prospective Panthers reunion last fall but was ultimately released despite a recent track record of playing time in prior seasons.
Set to turn 32 in November, the veteran left wing looks to be approaching the end of the line as a viable NHL contributor. Before being cut by the Panthers, whom he played for from 2006-12 after being drafted by the team in the second round in ’06, Booth spent three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and his most recent NHL stint came with the Maple Leafs.
His ice time plummeted compared to his initial run with the Panthers, but Booth still had a role. Averaging north of 17 minutes per game for three straight seasons from 2008-11, Booth only cleared 14 minutes per night during one season in Vancouver and Toronto the past four years.
Booth spent last season with Admiral Vladivotsok of the KHL, scoring six goals and tallying 10 assists for the Russian team in 23 regular-season games. He also suited up for five playoff games but will now attempt to give the NHL one more try.
During his heyday, Booth was a decent point-producer for the Panthers. His finest season came in 2008-09, when he posted 60 points on the strength of 31 goals and 23 assists. He combined for 16 the past two years with the Canucks and Maple Leafs.