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NHL Draft: Florida Panthers Trade Up, Take Juho Lammikko

When the Florida Panthers selected Jayce Hawryluk with their second round pick, they weren’t scheduled to select again until the 92nd pick, they took matters into their own hands and traded up with the New York Islanders.

Giving up a third round pick in 2015, the Panthers moved up to select Finnish forward Juho Lammikko out of the Assat organization. The big forward measured in at 6’1″/6’2″ and his seen as a good shooter with playmaker ability. He is responsible in both ends of the ice, making him an even more intriguing prospect in the third round.

Playing for Assat’s Under-18 team in 2012, Lammikko scored 21-goals, 32-assists in 31-games. Last season for their Under-20 team he scored 42-points (17 G, 25 A) in 37-points. He did appeared with the Men’s team in a 20-game brief stint, only registering an assist.

Lammikko is likely a player who is 3-4 years away from seeing time in Florida, but if he is able to add some strength quickly, his size and skill set can get him moving quickly to time in the NHL.

The Panthers will keep their fourth round pick, 92nd overall, as they did not use it to move up.

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