Although the Florida Panthers drafted cornerstone players Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad in 2013 and 2014, the organization built its foundation primarily in the 2011 NHL Draft, Dale Tallon’s second as general manager.
The 2015-16 version of the Panthers, which qualified for the playoffs and had its best regular season in franchise history, featured two players from the 2011 NHL Draft – Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck – playing vital roles for the team. Logan Shaw, Kyle Rau and Rocco Grimaldi all played varying roles for the team as well. The Panthers drafted 23 players in the 2010 and 2011 drafts, 15 of which have played in the NHL. Read more»
The number of Florida Panthers prospects playing junior hockey has dropped over the last year as several key junior performers have moved on to start their professional careers. The 2012 draft class did however add three new junior prospects for Florida. The talent of the junior prospects is evident in the fact that several of the nine suited up for their respective conferences in the recent Subway Super Series that pitted CHL conference teams against the Russian national junior team.
Over the last three drafts, the Florida Panthers managed to stockpile an incredible array of young prospects. Some top-flight prospects such as former third-overall draft pick Jonathan Huberdeau, Quinton Howden, and Alex Petrovic will make their official professional debuts this fall. Other top prospects like Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Rau, and Corban Knight will return to their college programs, ready to resume their quests for a national title.