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2010 NHL Draft

One Last Look

Thursday, 06.24.2010 / 8:41 PM / 2010 NHL Draft
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One Last Look
By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

For the Panthers brain trust, Thursday was one last time to meet with the prospects they might be interested in taking in Friday’s Entry Draft (7pm EST VERSUS).

Both highly touted defensemen Erik Gudbranson (#4 for North American Skaters) and Cam Fowler (#5 for North American Skaters) were among those that were getting one last chance to state their case in why they should hear their names called by the Panthers when the third pick is announced.

Draftniks across the board believe one of those two players will go to the Panthers after Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall are selected in some sort of combination with the first two picks.

“That’s the way the draft is falling,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. The first two (Seguin and Hall) are forwards and then there are three or four in a row of the backend guys.”

Gudbranson and Fowler are just a few of the players that the Panthers wanted to speak with again. But with it being so close to the draft, what is the purpose of talking with the prospects?

“At the combine, some of them do 25-30 interviews and they’re worried about the testing, they’re on edge,” said Tallon. “They don’t know what to expect and they’re being interviewed by 30 teams with 10 guys in a room then they think about how they’re going to do in front of all these people and in front of the cameras and testing.

“When we get them in this environment, we get less of them together and they’re not being interviewed as often. They’re more comfortable. They have the experience under the belt at the combine, they know what to expect so you get a better feel for them when they’re a little bit relaxed and more on their game.

“It's just a matter of having our upper management see these guys one more time, kick the tires a little bit,” said Panthers Director of Scouting Scott Luce. “The biggest thing we like to try and gain from those players is a feel that they have of where they're going to go, who's showing the most interest in them because that helps us prepare our draft strategy.”

Both Tallon and Luce believe that whoever the Panthers take will have fantastic character and will be an integral part of the Panthers whenever they join them.

“These are real good kids. Great character,” said Luce. “They have real good skill set and we're looking forward to finalizing things later on tonight in regards to what we're going to do with that third selection. There's a lot of options at the three spot no question.”

“All of the kids this year I would say of the 10 years or so that I’ve been involved in the combine and interviewing these kids, it’s one of the best crops as far as character and personality and size,” said Tallon. “It’s really deep. They’re good kids. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this many good kids.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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