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Panthers 2006 draft review

Written by Chris Leary on 07/12/2006

On a weekend that will long be remembered for the trade that severed ties with franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo, the Florida Panthers took a gamble in the NHL Entry Draft that may eventually add another franchise player. When Panthers GM Mike Keenan rolled the dice with the tenth pick of the draft on Czech Republic wing Michael Frolik, he went against his usual inclination towards North American prospects in the first round and may have landed the biggest steal of the draft. A silky playmaker blessed with uncommon creative flair in the offensive zone, the player nicknamed "Baby Jagr" dropped on many draft boards over the past 12 months, falling out of the top five to what may be an extremely fortunate Panther franchise.

With no second round pick, Florida had to wait all the way to the 73rd selection to add the lightning-quick Brady Calla, who is already possessed of NHL-caliber speed but needs to develop offensively before the Panthers can expect a significant contribution at the NHL level. In the middle to late stages of the draft, the Panthers attempted to address significant organizational needs with the selection of three promising defensemen and a goaltender. Of these four players, overage offensive defenseman Peter Aston should be the first to appear on Florida's radar, as the remaining three should all see significant time in the amateur ranks before the Panthers need to make a decision on their futures.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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