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Tallon Impressed With Prospects After Interviews

Wrapping up interview session of combine, Panthers GM captivated by honesty, self evaluation and personality of 2013 picks.
Thursday, 05.30.2013 / 9:15 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Tallon Impressed With Prospects After Interviews

The Panthers wrapped up the first portion of the scouting combine, finishing four days of draft eligible player interviews Thursday afternoon. It was an extremely enjoyable process for Florida GM Dale Tallon and the rest of the Cats hockey operations staff.

"This year I think it's the best group of kids we've ever interviewed as far as honesty and self evaluation, personality," said Tallon. "It goes with the fact that this is a really deep draft so not only are there good players but we got some great personalities and some great character."

Scouts and numerous draft pundits have claimed this to be an extremely deep draft, one of the deepest in a while. With that, it's no surprise that the players that peeked Florida's interest to warrant an interview have all been up to all of the Panthers questions during the interviews.

What Tallon and the Panthers brass have been equally impressed about has been the player's self awareness on their games and their strengths and weaknesses.

"They've been very, very honest and very good at evaluating themselves," said Tallon. "Very realistic about their abilities so that really helps the process because you don't really have to break them down."

And when you don't have to do that, then the Panthers brass can just focus on who would make a good addition to an already deep prospect pool. The pool that is considered among the top in the league with the likes of forwards Nick Bjugstad, Quinton Howden, Vincent Trocheck and Rocco Grimaldi along with blueliners Alex Petrovic, Colby Robak and last year's top choice Mike Matheson (23rd overall).

"They already have a good idea of what their strengths and weaknesses are and that really is half the battle," said Tallon. "If they're able to realize it sooner rather than later then it makes it easier for us to make a decision on them whether they fit our profile and fit our needs as far as our depth chart."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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