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Florida Panthers Win NHL Draft Lottery

Cats Own First Overall Pick in 2014 NHL Draft

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 8:40 PM ET / 2013 NHL Draft
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Florida Panthers Win NHL Draft Lottery

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers own the No. 1 overall selection at the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the NHL draft lottery on Tuesday night. In addition to selecting first overall, the Panthers own the 32nd overall selection (second round), as well as fourth, fifth and seventh round selections. The 2014 NHL Draft will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27 & 28.

“We are pleased to have won the No. 1 overall selection,” said Vice President of Hockey Operations Travis Viola. “With the No. 1 pick, we will explore all of our team’s options and make the best decision that adds to our young nucleus of talent that includes Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau.”

This marks the fourth time in Florida’s franchise history that the club has owned the first overall selection in the NHL Draft. In 1994, the Panthers selected current team captain Ed Jovanovski with the first overall pick. Florida traded the first overall pick in both 2002 (Columbus) and 2003 (Pittsburgh).

Other No. 1 picks selected in the NHL draft since 1994 include, Joe Thornton (1997), Alex Ovechkin (2004), Sidney Crosby (2005), Patrick Kane (2007), Steven Stamkos (2008) and John Tavares (2009).

After finishing in 29th place, the Panthers owned an 18.8% chance of winning the draft lottery and moved ahead of the Buffalo Sabres (25%), who had the best chance of being awarded the first overall pick.

The order of selection for the first 13 drafting positions in the first round, only, of the 2014 NHL Draft is as follows:

1. Florida Panthers

2 Buffalo Sabres

3. Edmonton Oilers

4. Calgary Flames

5. New York Islanders

6. Vancouver Canucks

7. Carolina Hurricanes

8. Toronto Maple Leafs

9. Winnipeg Jets

10. Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa Senators)

11. Nashville Predators

12. Phoenix Coyotes

13. Washington Capitals

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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