Photo: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly holds up the card showing the Florida Panthers as the winner of the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
Maybe second is the new first, at least when it comes to the NHL Draft Lottery, the latest of which took place on Tuesday evening. In the prior two lotteries, the 29th-ranked club ended up with the first selection, and that trend held in the 2014 edition as this season's 29th club, the Florida Panthers, ended up walking away with the first selection overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: University of Minnesota forward and New York Islanders prospect Taylor Cammarata (#13) and his Golden Gophers teammates celebrate Justin Holl’s last-second goal that sent Minnesota to the national championship game at the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Forward Taylor Cammarata is part of the University of Minnesota’s excellent group of freshmen that have been significant contributors to the team’s march to the National Championship game this season. The Plymouth, MN native currently ranks third on the team in rookie scoring with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 37 games to date.
Photo: Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, the second overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, scored 24 points in 54 NHL games before suffering a knee injury during the 2014 Winter Olympics (courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects concludes with the prospects ranked 1-10. The top prospect is Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov, who narrowly beat out Jonathan Drouin for top honors in the ranking.
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenseman Darnell Nurse, the Edmonton Oilers’ top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, is one spot away from breaking into HF’s top 10 prospects (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Spring edition of the Hockey's Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 11-20. This particular section of the rankings features a bevy of talented defensemen, led by Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart.
Photo: Forward Taylor Cammarata has been strong in his freshman season with the University of Minnesota, posting nine goals and 13 assists through 35 games. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)
New York Islanders GM Garth Snow has shown a tendency to use later round picks on players bound for the NCAA, giving them plenty of time to develop and work on any holes they have in their game. The Islanders have had some success with NCAA players recently drafting star Kyle Okposo as well as prospects such as Matt Donovan, Brock Nelson, or Anders Lee.