Draft Blog: Putting A Wrap On It
Sunday, 06.27.2010 / 9:35 AM ET / 2010 NHL Draft
Well that was a fun three days, wasn't it?
The Panthers, the wheelers and dealers of the draft, added 13 prospects into the pipeline thus giving them a lot of depth on the amateur side.
It was great to see that they didn't just focus on one position either as they picked three centers, three left wingers, two right wingers, four defensemen and a goaltender.
And let's not forget that netted the organization highly skilled winger Michael Grabner and power forward Steve Bernier.
Mr. Tallon sure was busy and didn't make easy on floridapanthers.com in keeping up with all the moves, but we hung in there.
Hope everyone enjoyed the coverage from the draft. Floridapanthers.com will have stories later on the three new additions of Dennis Wideman, Grabner and Bernier as well some draft articles on some of the draftees.
Each of these kids have a great story to tell.
Also, get ready for the start of Free Agency in four days. Who knows how active Tallon will be.
From L.A., floridapanthers.com, signing off.
06.26.10 12:50 PM PT
Are you ready for it?
With the league going through roll call, and minutes away to start the second round, it's time to catch up.
The Panthers had a busy first day selecting three times in the first round, the first in time that's been done in franchise history.
They selected defenseman Erik Gudbranson with the third overall pick and then after trades saw them pick center Nick Bjugstad with pick number 19 and forward Quinton Howden with pick number 25.
Speaking of trades, it's tough to see a guy like Bally go. He was a great player on the ice and even a better person off of it. One with a sarcastic wit, he'll be sorely missed by floridapanthers.com.
But the Panthers had to give up something to get a first rounder as well as forwards Steve Bernier and Michael Grabner. Like the upside of Grabner a lot. Has a lot of speed and put up the points in the limited time he saw in Vancouver (11 points in 20 games last year). The Austrian is only 22 years old so he's still got time to mature.
On to Day 2. The Panthers have nine picks overall, four in the second round alone. The third round can't come soon enough (no picks as of now). Florida, without any trades will pick 33, 36, 50 and 59 in the second round. Knowing Dale Tallon he'll get good quality players and probably make some big trades.
Enjoy the draft on NHL Network and we'll check back later.
Go Big And Trade
6.25.10 5:10 PM PT
With the Oilers (Hall) and Bruins (Seguin) taking the top two forwards, the Panthers settled on big Erik Gudbranson, the Kingston Frontenacs blueliner.
When I say big, I mean it. Listed at 6'4, Gudbranson is a man among boys.
What's even better is that he's well beyond his years. He's like a 25 year old in a 18 year old body.
What floridapanthers.com likes about him the most is his attitude. He's going to become a fan favorite real soon, that's for sure.
Just read this and if that doesn't get you hyped up about Gudbranson, then not sure what will.
"I'm going to go there and compete with the guys that are there and try to earn a spot as much as possible. I'm going to go there and compete and if I have to beat out anybody I will."
While on the clock at fifteen, the Panthers did in fact make a trade. They made a deal with the hometown LA Kings. Giving up the 15th, they did receive the 19th selection and the 59th overall selection tomorrow (Panthers fourth selection in the second.)
11:19 AM PT
The day is finally here. D-day. Or for the Panthers organization and their fans, draft day.
It should be a great day to see who the Panthers add. With two picks in the fifteen picks (if they stay where they are), Florida will get two very talented prospects to help build their organizational depth.
Things are quiet as of now but we're still about five hours from draft kickoff.
Make sure you're at one of the two Draft Parties at Duffy's (More Info) as there's a lot of great food and giveaways. It doesn't hurt to be among friends to find out what player the Panthers will add.
We'll be over at the Staples Center a couple of hours beforehand as there's plenty to do. There's a Fan Festival and Trading Card & Memorabilia Show so fans in LA should stop by and check out the action. We should have some video from the that before we get to the meet and greets with the prospects.
Enjoy the day Panthers fan. It will be a great one in shaping the team's future.
6.24.10 5:06 PT
The rumors on the street and the internet is that the Panthers are looking to trade the #15 overall pick.
Talking to GM Dale Tallon and Director of Amateur Scouting, that may be the case as they both said that a lot of teams are either looking to move down or up to get the player they so desire.
That just goes to show you that you can still get a great player with a mid-first round pick.
“It’s a pick that a lot of people are interested in.” said Tallon. “Either to move back to if they feel their player is taken in front of them or if they feel they can get a similar player by moving back and getting an additional pick. They’re thinking the same way we are that if our players are gone, the top players are gone before 15 then we maybe think about moving back.”
“That's a definite option.” added Luce. “You could trade up from that spot, you could trade up spot or you could make the selection.”
“The biggest thing you want to try and do is outsmart yourself and try to trade down and maybe not get the guy you're trying to get at. If the right guy is there, absolutely we're going to take him. We're not going to try and outsmart ourselves in this draft. We have lots of selections to use and we're going to utilize them to the best.”
Tallon expects the Panthers to busy as they could make trades to better the team in the future and right away.
“(The) worse case scenario, we pick 3, 15, 33, 36, 50, we get five of the first fifty players,” said Tallon. “That’s our worst case scenario but we’re going to explore every avenue. Hopefully things will fall our way and we’ll accrue more picks or get the players we really we want in this draft.”
Stay tuned to see if anything goes down.
|Brett Connolly talks to the media the day before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Getty Images)|
6.24.10 2:36 PM PT
After a quick lunch and some time to chat with other media folks such as Miami Herald's George Richards, Star Tribune's (and former Sun-Sentinel beat writer) Mike Russo and Buffalo News John Vogl, it was time for the purpose of the event. Interviewing the Top Prospects.
Nine prospects were positioned above the streets of L.A. on the Target Terrace. About six floors above the streets, it's a great view of L.A. and if it weren't for the smog, the Hollywood sign off in the distance. The picks in attendance were Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Erik Gudbranson, Cam Fowler, Brett Connolly, Brandon Gormley, Emerson Etem, Mark Pysyk and Jack Campbell.
Hundredss of media (at least it seemed like hundreds) made their way to each of the prospects asking questions about their junior playing days to what they liked to do in their free time to the whole draft process and such.
Every kid (and yes we can call them that being 17 and 18 year olds) were answering questions like professionals who had been doing interviews their entire lives. They were all that articulate which means great things for Cats fans as whoever they take at three becomes a fixture in South Florida and the community.
For the top picks though, there was one big thing about the whole process. They can't wait to be drafted and get to the NHL.
“I'm really excited," said CSS' number one prospect Tyler Seguin. "I'm ready to get this over with a little bit but let it go slow and have a lot of fun with it tomorrow."
"Just because I'm drafted high, doesn't really mean anything," said CSS number four ranked prospect Erik Gudbranson. "It will be an honor, a true honor, and I won't take anything away from that.”
The anticipation of the draft is not lost among the picks.
“The anxiousness is definitely picked up,” said CSS’ number five prospect Cam Fowler. “You dream of this as a kid and now being in LA, you realize that your'e 24 hours away from hearing an NHL team call your name.
“The NHL has done a good job of keeping us busy so we're not just sitting around and thinking about what's going to happen.”
6.24.10 11:43 AM PT
Just a little quick post before we run out for the top prospect luncheon and q&a sesson.
Congratulations to Jordan Soto for winning the 3 Spot contest on the South Florida portion. The 3 Spot contest was a collaborated effort between the Panthers and Nets as both teams have the 3rd pick in their respective drafts.
Mr. Goldstein checks in with his first of many Goldie Reports from outside the Staples Center. Watch it here.
Not The Only Game In Town
6.24.10 11:15 AM PT
It's absolutely amazing.
Panthers play-by-play man Steve Goldstein and floridapanthers.com went to pick up our media credentials at the Staples Center this morning (9:30 PT) and then walked around after shooting some stand ups and it seems that the NHL Draft isn't the only game in town this weekend.
Right outside the Staples Center, crews are setting up for the premier of the new Twilight movie and people are already staked out in front of the set up.
Goldstein actually wanted some Starbucks but the line was out the door.
Seeing a lot of NHL personnel around the hotels and outside the Staple Center. You can tell right away that it's going to be a great three days.
Also ran into Panthers co-managing partner Cliff Viner and president and coo Michael Yormark in the hotel lobby. They're really excited to see what Dale can do with our top two picks.
In case you haven't seen it on nhl.com, some of the top prospects took in batting practice in Anaheim yesterday. Sounds like they had a good time.
Headed To L.A!
6.23.10 3:15 PM
It's an exciting week for the Florida Panthers and all their passionate fans. The anticipation of who the Panthers will draft or trade has got to be suspenseful enough. (We know it is for Floridapanthers.com.)
With that, Floridapanthers.com will be at the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles to try and keep all of the Panthers fans in the loop and get all the tidbits of the draft to you the fans over the next three days.
We'll have videos, stories, photos and audio among other things from Panthers GM and the rest of the scouting staff, the prospects, and once the picks/trades are made the players themselves right here on the site and on this blog.
With two picks in the top 15, five in the top 50 and seven among the top 100, Tallon and the rest of the staff will be hard at work finding the players who have "character, size speed and more character" that will help make the Panthers better this upcoming season and in the future.
Tallon has already started putting his stamp on the team with yesterday's trade of Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to Boston for Dennis Wideman, the 15th pick on Friday and a 2011 3rd round pick (MORE).
Here's some other links that you might be interested in as well.
- Tallon Blog: New Draft
- Shuffling The Deck
- Looking At The Selections
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