The Florida Panthers have made the playoffs just twice in the last 16 years. In an effort to make the postseason this year, the Panthers added veterans Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. But if the Panthers are going to become a playoff contender on an annual basis, it is the youngsters coming up through their system that need to make a difference in the coming years. Read more»
Florida Panthers fans could one day look back at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft as the weekend the proper rebuilding process for the Panthers began. The team’s new General Manager, Dale Tallon, was a busy man as he made 13 selections in the draft. The Panthers stockpiled picks and had three draft choices in each of the first three rounds.
They acquired a first-round pick from Boston a few days prior to the draft, along with Dennis Wideman and a third-round draft pick in 2010, in a deal that sent Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell the other way. They traded that pick at the draft to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for the Kings’ first-round pick and a second-round pick. They traded Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich to Vancouver for Steve Bernier, prospect Michael Grabner and another first-round pick.
The Panthers only selected one player shorter than 6’0, with size being a reoccurring theme among the Panthers draft choices. They also only selected one European player.