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LBC’s Florida Panthers / 2014 NHL Draft Lottery Open Thread

Ready for another exciting round of stick-it-to-the-Cats? We’re back at it once again for our sixth-annual draft lottery open thread. The goods:

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and his Envelopes of Enchantment return to their familiar 90-second role in this evening’s broadcast (8 pm ET; NBCSN, TSN). If this year’s program comes even somewhat remotely similar to the past few, prepare to request a loved one gouge your eyes out in short order, as the pre-selection drama may only be topped by that unforgettable pizza-balloons-girls-Eklund NHL trade deadline “show” foisted on an unsuspecting Canadian populace by Sportsnet way back in ’07: painful fluff, but fluff no less.

Repping the Panthers in-studio will be hockey ops VP Travis Viola.

Among the hot names at the top of June’s draft board are Kingston’s Sam Bennett, Barrie’s Aaron Ekblad, and Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart. Which – if any of these three – might Tallon, Inc. fancy? (Final Central Scouting info here)

How it stacks up:

Buffalo Sabres – 25.0% Toronto Maple Leafs – 3.6%
Florida Panthers – 18.8% Winnipeg Jets – 2.7%
Edmonton Oilers – 14.2% Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa) – 2.1%
Calgary Flames – 10.7% New Jersey Devils – 1.5%
New York Islanders – 8.1% Nashville Predators – 1.1%
Vancouver Canucks – 6.2% Phoenix Coyotes – 0.8%
Carolina Hurricanes – 4.7% Washington Capitals – 0.5%

(New Jersey cannot win, as their position was forfeited due its Kovalchuk cap-circumvention penalty; the Devils will automatically claim the 30th spot in first round.)

Previous drawings:

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
2010 Edmonton Retained 1st selection LW Taylor Hall
2011 New Jersey Moved from 8th to 4th D Adam Larsson
2012 Edmonton Moved from 2nd to 1st RW Nail Yakupov
2013 Colorado Moved from 2nd to 1st C Nathan MacKinnon

Note that in only two instances the club with 2nd selection moved into 1st, and both happened in last two lotteries (and the Cats were shafted in the most recent drawing).

Enjoy 🙂