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Florida Panthers win 2014 NHL Draft lottery

For the third consecutive season, the team with the second highest odds to win the lottery will be selecting first overall. Last season the Colorado Avalanche leaped frogged the Florida Panthers to grab Nathan MacKinnon, now this year the same Panthers jumped over the Buffalo Sabres and will pick first overall.

For the fourth time in franchise history Florida have been selected to choose first overall, and if they make the selection it will be the second time they have chosen first (they traded back-to-back picks in 2002 and 2003).

In 1994 (20-years ago) the Panthers made Ed Jovanovski the first overall pick, and could take another defenseman this draft with Aaron Ekblad in this draft the Panthers could use their selection again on a defender.

Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett are the two players most likely to compete with Ekblad for the top spot.

The Panthers will make their decision on June 27. Who should they take, Ekblad, Bennett, Reinhart or should they look into trading out of the pick?

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  • Devin Nolf

    Really don’t know who I would take. Can’t believe we won to be honest

    • Anthony Murphy

      It’s the third year in a row that the team with the second highest odds won the lottery, pattern evolving! I kind of figured this year would be the year that someone with some of the worst odds would win. It’s only a matter of time. I’m going to be touching on it as the draft approaches, but I think trading the pick is something that they should consider just as much

  • Camera Mike

    I’ll be honest and admit I don’t know much of anything about this years prospects and who would be best to take. Though with all the young talent currently in our system I definetely think they should try shopping it around to see if they can get a better package of developed prospects with later picks or even a 2nd line scorer. I don’t think any team would give away even an ageing top line scorer for the first pick.