Just days after the end of their extremely disappointing 2012-2013 season, the Florida Panthers took their first big step towards next season as they were awarded the 2nd overall pick in the newly revamped NHL Draft Lottery.
Considering the Panthers had a 25% chance of winning the first overall pick, it is sad to see the team miss out on the excitement that comes with having the first overall selection, but it does not mean they won’t still have a chance to select a potential future star player. Now that the draft order is in place, the Panthers will have just under two months to decide what to do with their highly coveted selection.
With Portland Winterhawks’ defenseman Seth Jones almost guaranteed to go first overall to the Colorado Avalanche, the Panthers will turn their attention to forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov. Considering they have a strong need for a top-line scoring center, the team could lean towards selecting Halifax Mooseheads‘ forward Nathan MacKinnon.
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will take place on June 30th from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In an interesting turn of events, this year’s draft will have all 7 rounds on the same day for the first time since 2006. Stay tuned to Panther Parkway throughout the summer as we keep you updated on all of the Panthers’ draft options leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
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