LBC's 2013 Florida Panthers / NHL Entry Draft Open Thread; Cats Select Aleksander Barkov At #2

Tallon gets his (big) man with second overall selection.

Update: It's Barkov. (SB Nation player profile here)

So here we go for our fifth run at live-blogging the NHL Entry Draft, and the intrigue seems to get richer with each passing season, the last two of which brought us dual thirds resulting in Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau, so an air of excitement in an even better draft crop is undeniable. An unnecessary recap: heading into a 3 p.m. kick off, the Florida Panthers currently hold the second-overall selection, having previously lost the lottery to Colorado; Tampa Bay will - so far - choose third. A wicked assemblage of talent exists at the predicted "top" of the class in defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, and Aleksander Barkov, and we'll finally learn in short order which club's holes each of these guys will plug.

With the fluff now having been covered, on to the goods...

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Updates as they roll in...

  • Update 1: COL retains #1 pick, selects MacKinnon
  • Update 2: FLA selects Barkov at #2
  • Update 3: Jones falls to 4th, taken by NSH
  • Update 4: NYI trade Nino Niederreiter to MIN for Cal Clutterbuck
  • Update 6: VAN trades Cory Schneider to NJ for 9th overall pick in '13 (Bo Horvat)
  • Update 7: FLA selects D Ian McCoshen to open second round
  • Update 9: CAR trades Jamie McBain and 35th overall pick to BUF for Andrej Sekera
  • Update 10: CHI trades Dave Bolland to TOR for picks 51 & 117 (2013) and a fourth in '13
  • Update 11: CHI trades Michael Frolik (!) to WPG for 3rd and 5th rounders (2013)
  • Update 12: FLA selects G Evan Cowley to open fourth round
  • Update 13: FLA selects D Michael Downing at 97
  • Update 14: FLA selects C Matt Buckles at 98
  • Update 15: FLA selects LW Chris Clapperton at 122

Florida will keep the second-overall pick, trade up, or trade down? (NOTE: poll will close at 3:15 ET)

Keep it42
Trade up (acquiring the first)2
Trade down (to third or lower)2