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Meet The Florida Panthers 2014 Draft Class

A Look at the Six Players Selected at the 2014 NHL Draft

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 11:27 AM / News
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Meet The Florida Panthers 2014 Draft Class
The NHL Draft has come and gone and the Florida Panthers now have six new faces in the system. Headlining the group is defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who the Panthers selected with the first pick in the draft.


Aaron Ekblad


Age: 18 Height: 6’3” Weight: 213 Position: D

Draft: 1st round, 1st overall

How He Got Here:

Aaron Ekblad was widely considered the best player available in the draft and it is no surprise that he was selected with the first overall pick. During the 2013-14 season, Ekblad was named the OHL’s Defenseman of the Year, while captaining the Barrie Colts. He led all OHL defensemen in goals with 23 and finishing tied for fifth in points with 53.

The 2013-14 season was Ekblad’s third in the OHL as he was granted ‘exceptional player status’ prior to the 2011-12 season which allowed him to join the league at the age of 15.

What’s Next:

Many experts viewed Ekblad as the most NHL-ready player in the draft. He will join the Panthers at training camp with the chance to compete for a spot on the opening night roster.

Quotable:

“I believe that if I work hard this summer I can step into the NHL next year. Obviously I’m going to need a lot of help and it’s going to be a learning curve, but I’m confident in myself.”



Jayce Hawryluk


Age: 18 Height: 5’10” Weight: 190 Position: RW/C

Draft: 2nd round, 32nd overall

How He Got Here:

Jayce Hawryluk spent the 2013-14 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. He led the team in scoring with 64 points (24-40-64) in 59 games. He has spent two seasons with Brandon and he played internationally for Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

What’s Next:

Hawryluk will most likely spend the 2014-15 season with Brandon, but could be challenging for a Panthers roster spot in the next couple of years.

Quotable:

“It’s a dream come true. You work your whole life to come to this moment. To hear your name called, it’s hard to explain, a lot of emotions going on right now.”


Juho Lammikko


Age: 18 Height: 6’1” Weight: 190 Position: RW

Draft: 3rd round, 65th overall

How He Got Here:

The Florida Panthers traded into the third round to select Juho Lammikko, sending a 2015 third round pick to the New York Islanders in order to pick the Finnish forward. Lammikko spent the 2013-14 season playing in Finland for Assat. With Assat’s junior squad, Lammikko tallied 42 points (17-25-42) in 37 games. He also played 20 games with the senior team in the Finish Liiga, registering one assist during that span.

What’s Next:

Lammikko will likely continue to play in Finland for another year or so as he prepares himself to make the jump to the NHL.

Quotable:


“It’s nice to hear my name and it’s an awesome feeling when I hear my name.”



Joe Wegwerth


Age: 18 Height: 6’3” Weight: 230 Position: RW

Draft: 4th round, 92nd overall

How He Got Here:

Wegwerth spent the 2013-14 season playing with the United States National Team Development Program. In 52 games in the USHL, playing with the US Under-18 team, Wegwerth tallied six points (3-3-6) and 123 penalty minutes.

What’s Next:

Wegwerth will continue to play in the USHL and he has also committed to the University of Notre Dame.

Quotable:

“I like to play physical, that’s part of my game. I’m a team guy, I like to be a leader out there. I hope I can bring that to the Florida Panthers.”



(Photo by Brian Nelson/Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League)

Miguel Fidler


Age: 18 Height: 6’0” Weight: 186 Position: LW

Draft: 5th round, 143rd overall

How He Got Here:

Miguel Fidler had a breakout season playing in Minnesota with Edina High School. The forward scored 41 points (16-25-41) in just 25 games and added 32 PIM. He has committed to play at Ohio State University so he might be a couple of years away from joining the Cats but he is certainly one to keep an eye on.

What’s Next:


Fidler is expected to join the USHL’s Lincoln Stars next year and has committed to play for Ohio State University in 2015-16.

Photo by: www.pucksnack.com

Hugo Fagerblom


Age: 18 Height: 6’6” Weight: 202 Position: G

Draft: 7th round, 182nd overall

How He Got Here:

With their last pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Panthers selected Hugo Fagerblom, a goaltender from Sweden. Fagerblom has been playing in Frolunda’s youth system, spending most of the 2013-14 season playing with their under-18 squad where he recorded a 2.24 GAA, one shutout and a .916 save percentage in eight games played.

What’s Next:

Fagerblom will continue to work on his game overseas with an eye towards making the jump to the American pro ranks in the next couple of years.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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