The Florida Panthers organization looks much different now than it did even two years ago. General Manager Dale Tallon’s rebuilding of the prospect system and the relative patience that his staff has shown in allowing those prospects to mature has started to bear fruit. Several players have moved through the pipeline to become NHL regulars or AHL players on the verge of graduating to the big leagues.
The Florida Panthers prospect system continues to be heavily weighted towards the NCAA and minor professional leagues, with a lot of talent concentrated at those levels. However, the talent pool as a whole is still substantial despite recent graduations, and should continue to provide the Panthers with a steady stream of high-quality prospects for the next few years.
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.