Plymouth's A.J. Jenks; photo courtesy of MLive
In building up to June's NHL Entry Draft, this series will look at Florida's performance in each round - from seventh to first - covering the five Drafts from 2005 through 2009, along with any players of note selected after the Panthers' pick(s) in the same round. Today we focus on Round Four.
Dual-forward action as Martin bags a Whale in draft swan-song as Florida GM; Sexton follows with solid character selection the next summer...
2005: Ottawa, ON Florida General Manager: Mike Keenan
Panthers picks (93 & 104): F Olivier Legault, Lewiston (QMJHL), D Matt Duffy, New Hampshire (EJHL)
Currently: Legault - unsigned by Florida; picked up and released by Los Angeles in September, 2008. Played 16 games for Kalamazoo (ECHL) in 2009-10, registering zero points and 55 pim. Duffy - signed by Rochester (AHL) in 2009; played 11 games for Amerks, 55 games for Florida (ECHL) in 2009-10.
2006: Vancouver, BC Florida General Manager: Mike Keenan
Panthers picks (103 &116): D Michael Caruso, Guelph (OHL); D Derrick LaPoint, Eau Claire North (USHS)
Currently: Caruso - played 67 games with Rochester in '09-10 (1g-10-11p 42 pim). LaPoint - University of North Dakota; traded to Pittsburgh in 2006 for '07 fourth-round pick (Matt Rust).
Later fourth-round notables: (120) G Richard Bachman, DAL
2007: Columbus, OH Florida General Manager: Jacques Martin
Panthers pick (101): F Matt Rust, US National Dev Program
Currently: University of Michigan; traded to Columbus on 03/03/10 for Mathieu Roy
2008: Ottawa, ON Florida General Manager: Jacques Martin
Panthers pick (100): F A.J. Jenks, Plymouth (OHL)
Currently: Signed by Florida to ELC in 2010. Scored 63 points (23g) in 52 games with the Whalers in '09-10, adding 12 points (4g) in nine playoff contests. Won gold medal as member of Team USA in 2010 World Junior Championship.
Later fourth-round notables: (120) F Nathan Moon, PIT
2009: Montreal, PQ Florida General Manager: Randy Sexton
Panthers pick (107): F Garrett Wilson, Owen Sound (OHL)
Currently: Recently named Owen Sound captain for 2010-11 season. Had 61 points (36g) in 65 games with Attack in '09-10.
Later fourth-round notables: (118) Toronto's gaffe