With the draft today, it appears that Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon will keep the hockey world waiting until the final moment on whether or not they are keeping the first overall pick or dealing the pick away.
The Panthers made the pick available as soon as the process started and have received plenty of inquiries on the deal. They may have settled in on a deal, or at least have narrowed the search down to a handful according to Tallon.
For now, the Panther currently sit with three ‘significant’ deals but as Tallon puts it one that ‘sits above the rest’, so good he will have to ‘sleep on it’.
In true Hollywood style plot hiding fashion, rumors on just what Tallon and the Panthers plan to do with the pick go up just about any and every ally possible.
Where they have the offer that ‘over and beyond’ to where Tallon has to sleep on it, he also has said that there is a 70% chance they do use the pick, and that they have decided on the player they will take with the top pick overall.
He has also said that a scoring winger is their biggest need, likely hinting at what they are looking for in return in any trade. It is hard to think of a team trying to trade into the first overall pick not going after Aaron Ekblad, so saying their top need is a winger can only further the case they are closer to trading the pick than keep it, right?
Unlike last year when we knew that Nathan MacKinnon was going to be the first overall pick, not only do we not know who the pick will be, we don’t even know which team will be making the selection. If ever there was a draft day to be watching closely, it is this one.