Florida Panthers get second pick in NHL Draft Lottery, Colorado Avalanche get No. 1

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Seth Jones of Team McClanahan skates against Team Housley at the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center on Sept. 29, 2012 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Two years later, Florida decided it wanted Nathan Horton. Columbus wanted Rick Nash and dealt with the Panthers to move into the top slot. Both teams got the players they wanted with Nash becoming an All-Star selection for the Blue Jackets — and a player they ultimately traded to New York last summer. Both Bouwmeester and Horton asked for trades and were later dealt. Bouwmeester will make his postseason debut with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday against the defending champion Kings; Horton won the 2011 Stanley Cup championship with the Bruins. Since 2001, the Panthers have had eight top-10 picks. Of those, all but Rostislav Olesz were in the league last season but just three remain with the organization. Florida had all five of its top selections from 2008-11 in the lineup at some point this season — including No. 3 picks Erik Gudbranson (2010) and Jonathan Huberdeau (2011). source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/30/3371658/florida-panthers-get-second-pick.html

Florida Panthers have best shot at first pick as NHL draft lottery goes tonight

Photograph by: Joel Auerbach , Getty Images The Florida Panthers will find out just how lucky they are on Monday. Florida has the greatest odds of winning the NHL’s Draft lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the league’s amateur draft on June 30. The lottery draw will be held on Monday at 8 p.m. ET, with all 14 NHL teams that missed the playoffs eligible to take the first overall selection. In previous years, the lottery-winning team could move up no more than four slots in the draft order. This year, the winning draw will draft first overall, with the remaining 13 teams slotted in reverse order of their regular-season point totals. Florida has a 25 per cent chance of winning the draw, followed by the Colorado Avalanche (18.8 per cent) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (14.2 per cent). The Calgary Flames have the best odds of any Canadian team with a 6.2 per cent shot at the top pick. The Edmonton Oilers have a 4.7 per cent chance, while the Winnipeg Jets sit only at 0.8 per cent. Edmonton had the first overall pick the past three years. source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Florida+Panthers+have+best+shot+first+pick+draft+lottery+goes+tonight/8311682/story.html

Colorado Avalanche Wins Draft Lottery – Take First Overall Pick From Florida Panthers

Sorry to the Florida Panthers , this just wasn’t your year – despite finishing dead last in the league, Florida now taps the second selection in the lottery, still not a bad pick. The Tampa Bay Lightning , Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes round out the top five selections in this years entry draft, in that order. The Edmonton Oilers may not know what to do in a draft where they aren’t selecting first overall, but they will select seventh, behind the Calgary Flames . The Buffalo Sabres will select with the eighth pick – not moving from where they originally were before the lottery which had them with a 3.6 percent chance of landing the first overall pick.  So with the eighth pick in the draft, the Buffalo Sabres will select…..well it could be worse, Darcy Regier could be making the selection, oh wait…to soon? The New Jersey Devils will pace the carpet after the Buffalo Sabres, and then the Dallas Stars will take to the stage to finish the top ten picks in the draft. Concluding the non playoff teams, Philadelphia will select, then the Pheonix Coyotes.  Winnipeg and Columbus round out the final two non playoff teams.  The rest of the draft order will be determined in the order that the playoff teams are eliminated from the playoffs.   source: http://sabrenoise.com/2013/04/29/colorado-avalanche-wins-draft-lottery-take-first-overall-pick-from-florida-panthers/

Cross Checks: Florida Panthers


Hope you are enjoying St. Louis, where you will open the 2013 NHL playoffs. While most of the hockey world was focused on matchups and predictions, for those teams that failed to qualify for the playoffs, Monday night loomed as a potentially franchise-altering evening with the annual draft lottery. For the first time, all 14 non-playoff teams had at least a mathematical chance of snaring the No. 1 pick in the draft that will be held this June in Newark. In what is considered a deep and top-heavy draft, teams that ended up with one of the top five picks were looking at the possibility of drafting an NHL-ready player. While the first 12 teams stayed in the draft position determined by their finish, the real drama came with the final two draft positions. And, as was the case last year, the league’s worst team, in this case the Florida Panthers , was denied the first-overall pick as the Colorado Avalanche , the 29th team, ended up with what a first overall pick that could dramatically change the fortunes of this once-proud franchise that has gone adrift in recent years. How long after Monday’s draft lottery do you think the first Seth Jones Avs jerseys hit the streets of Denver? LEBRUN: Talk about a script written in Hollywood, as Jones — son of former NBA player Popeye Jones — grew up skating in Denver. Even the Avs can’t screw this up. And he’s exactly what they need. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/category/_/name/florida-panthers


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