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

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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

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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). Whomever is taken on June 30 could be in the lineup come October although the Panthers made both Gudbranson and Huberdeau wait a year before coming up to the big club. “You see it coming but I want to win now and I don’t want to wait for years to pass,” defenseman Brian Campbell said of Florida’s youth. “Look at a guy like Huberdeau who solidified his spot here and is a top six forward in this league. We expect great things from his next year. source: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/2013/04/lottery-loss-florida-panthers-drop-to-second-in-nhl-draft-as-avs-win-lottery.html

Florida Panthers’ loss to Leafs clinches NHL’s worst record

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 25: Mike Kostka #53 of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mike Weaver #43 of the Florida Panthers skate after a loose puck during first-period action at the BB&T Center on April 25, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

By losing 4-0 to the Maple Leafs at BB&T Center, the Panthers will finish a season ranked last in the NHL for the first time in franchise history. The Panthers had earlier clinched last place in the Eastern Conference for the second time in franchise history and second time in the past three years. Florida won the Southeast Division last season but now have finished last in the division in three of the past four years. Florida has a 25 percent shot — best among non-playoff participants — to land the top pick in the 2013 draft when the lottery is held Monday night in Toronto. The Panthers can fall no lower than second overall in what is considered a very talented top-end draft. The Panthers will play the final game of this abbreviated 48-game season, one that started on Jan. 19, Saturday in Tampa. “It hasn’t been an easy year for players or management and more importantly our fan base,” coach Kevin Dineen said. “For all of us, it was a pretty active season where things happened fast and furious. Days off were few and far between for all of us. That was the nature of the season. “Unfortunately for us, once we got down we couldn’t stop the ball rolling.” Thursday, the Leafs — who lost in Tampa on Wednesday night — took a few minutes to get going but took a 1-0 lead after Leo Komarov fired a shot past Jacob Markstrom on the team’s first shot 5:39 in. source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/26/3365500/florida-panthers-loss-to-leafs.html


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