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2010 Florida Panthers / NHL Draft Lottery - Live Chat

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We all know the drill: the Cats have a 14.2% chance of landing the first overall pick, retaining the third, or sliding to fourth in June's Entry Draft. Unrelated: today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 service module explosion. Make of that what you will. Moving along...

No matter what goes down tonight, the Panthers - with stockpiled assets - have a strong opportunity to make some serious noise in L.A.

Via the NHL, here are results from previous draft lotteries (and Florida's glorious history):

 

Year    
Selected
Effect On Draft Order Player Selected
1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips
1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton
1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier
1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *
2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro
2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection C Steven Stamkos
2009 NY Islanders Retained 1st selection C John Tavares

* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall. (Whale4ever note: MUAHAHAHAHAHA!)
 
** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
 
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.

Thanks for joining us for an event we haven't had to cover - for better or worse - in a mighty long time. Bring on the balls...