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Florida Panthers win 2014 NHL Draft lottery

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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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