Best Week Ever: Panthers' '93 Expansion Draft or '11 UFA/Trade performance?
Panthers' picks (Anaheim was the other new club involved):
18 - Steve Bancroft, D Jets
27 - Scott Levins, F Jets
32 - Brian Skrudland, F Flames
38 - Bill Lindsay, F Nordiques
40 - Andrei Lomakin, F Flyers
43 - Doug Barrault, F Stars
* Lost to Tampa Bay in Phase II several days later; full draft rundown here
That's an awful lot of eventual local legends up there, many of which became the core of Florida's 1996 Stanley Cup Final team. This draft - composed primarily of cast-offs, has-beens, and never-will-bes - set the stage for a very successful run and increased community goodwill throughout the 90s, thanks in large part to the leadership of Bill Torrey.
June 24th to July 2nd, 2011
Acquired via Trade:
Acquired via Free Agency:
Relinquished (via trade or free agency)
Of course it's not possible to peer into the future now any easier could have been done in June of 1993, but considering the sheer number of bodies involved in what has been a campaign to rid the organization of its renowned country club/retirement home atmosphere, this was a bold step forward.
So which period will go down as the more "pivotal" when history includes Tallon's efforts over the past week?
Biggest off-ice period/event in Cats' history:
|'93 Expansion Draft||30|
|'11 Free Agency Week||41|
|Neither are comparable||43|