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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 / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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