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»
Continuing full throttle on the rebuild of the Florida Panthers, GM Dale Tallon and crew went into the draft with ten picks and a plan to add scoring power. Trade temptations were not enough to keep Tallon from sticking to the plan and using the third pick on what some consider to be perhaps the best goal scorer in the 2011 prospect pool. With the remaining selections, the Panthers opted for six forwards and three defensemen. Tallon dipped into the QMJHL for three of those picks, matching his total from his previous six drafts combined.