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2013 NHL Draft

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
Cats Own First Overall Pick in 2014 NHL Draft

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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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