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Five Years of Panthers Draft Picks - Round Four


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.

Later fourth-round notables:  (105) D Keith Yandle, PHX; D Niklas Hjalmarsson, CHI


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

Later fourth-round notables:  (111) F Luca Caputi, PIT; (117) F Matt Halischuk, NJ


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


ARCHIVED:    Round Three - Round Five  -  Round Six  Round Seven