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Panthers Make Six Selections in 2006 NHL Entry Draft

Saturday, 06.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Make Six Selections in 2006 NHL Entry Draft

Cats Select Frolik with 10th Overall Pick; Acquire G Craig Anderson from Chicago

VANCOUVER, BC - The Florida Panthers made six selections at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft that was held on Saturday, June 24 at GM Place. Additionally, Florida General Manger Mike Keenan announced that the team acquired G Craig Anderson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Florida's sixth round choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

With their first choice (10th overall) in this year's draft the Panthers chose C/W Michael Frolik. The 6-foot-one, 185-pound Czech Republic native played in 48 games for HC Kladno (Czech Elite) last season scoring two goals with seven assists and 32 penalty minutes. The NHL Central Scouting Service ranked Frolik second among all European prospects in their final rankings. He also won bronze at the 2005 World Junior Championship where he skated alongside Cats LW Rostilav Olesz.

In the third round, Florida selected RW Brady Calla with their 73rd overall choice. The North Vancouver, BC native played in 66 games with the Everett Silvertips (WHL) last year scoring eight goals with 25 assists and 52 PIM. He also represented Team Canada in the 2005 Under-18 World Cup.

With their 103rd overall selection (fourth round) the Panthers chose D Michael Caruso. The six-foot-two 191-pound blueliner played in 66 games with the Guelph Storm (OHL) this season recording 16 points (1-15-16). The Mississauga, Ontario native was also a member of Team Ontario for the 2004 Under-17 World Challenge.

Florida gained an additional fourth round choice when the club acquired Pittsburgh's 116th overall choice in exchange for the Panthers' fourth round choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. With the pick the Cats selected D Derrick LaPoint. The six-foot-two 175-pound defenseman played in 23 games with Eau Claire North (USHSW) where he served as team captain last year registering 32 points (6-26-32) and 34 PIM. He will attend the University of North Dakota in the fall of 2007.

With their sixth round choice (155th overall) the Panthers selected D Peter Aston. Aston played in 65 games with the Windsor Spitfire notching 52 points (16-36-52). With their final selection of the draft the Cats chose G Marc Cheverie. The Cole Harbour, NS native played in 36 games with Nanaimo (BCHL) last season going 23-9 with a 2.54 GAA. He has committed to play for the University of Denver Pioneers next year.

Anderson, 25, appeared in 25 games with Chicago last season posting a 6-12-4 mark. He has spent his entire NHL career with the Blackhawks playing in 56 contests, while also spending time with their AHL affiliate the Norfolk Admirals.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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