When the 2013 NHL Draft kicks off on June 30th, most of the attention will be focused on the first ten picks and rightfully so. The talent drop off between the early first round selections and the rest of the draft is somewhat staggering. That is not to say that you cannot find important pieces later in the draft, they are just harder to find. Most Panther fans are aware that Florida has the second pick in the draft but are less cognizant of the later round goings-ons. Overall the Panthers have seven draft picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Below is a look at where these seven draft picks will occur and how the Panthers got these picks. Keep in mind this is all subject to change as trades are made in the lead up to the draft.
Florida Panthers’ 2013 Draft Picks
2nd Overall: The Panthers finished with the worst record in the NHL last season which would put them in the top spot in this year’s draft but they unfortunately lost that top spot to the Colorado Avalanche in the Draft Lottery. For each draft, teams originally start with one pick in each round. Where that pick is in each round depends on how the team finishes the previous year. Even though they lost the first overall pick to Colorado, the Panthers, by nature of their league worst record, have the first pick in each subsequent round. So, barring instances where the Panthers have made trades, they will be making the first pick in each round following round one.
31st Overall This is Florida’s pick at the top of the second round.
62nd Overall: The Panthers do not have a third round pick this year. This pick was originally Florida’s but it now belongs to the Coyotes. The Panthers traded the pick to the Rangers before the 2012 trade deadline for Wojtek Wolski. The pick then was sent to San Jose before settling in Phoenix. 85th Overall: This was a pick the Panthers acquired from the Vancouver Canucks when Florida traded Chris Higgins to Vancouver in 2011. The pick was sent back to Vancouver in the deal involving David Booth at the start of the 11-12 season.
92nd Overall: This is Florida’s pick at the top of the fourth round.
97th Overall: Florida just recently received this pick from the Calgary Flames in the deal that saw Florida send center prospect Corban Knight to the Flames.
122nd Overall: This is Florida’s pick at the top of the fifth round.
130th Overall: This pick has made a long journey with a quick pit stop in Florida. Originally the Devils’ pick, it was sent to the Kings who in turn dealt it to the Panthers for Keaton Ellerby. The Panthers then sent the pick to Buffalo, the current owners of the pick, for T.J. Brennan.
152nd Overall: This is the Panther’s pick at the top of the sixth round.
182nd Overall: This was the Panthers’ pick at the start of the seventh and final round but it was dealt to the Stars last year in exchange for a 2012 seventh round pick (194-Jonatan Nielsen).