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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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