Florida will make the first overall pick in the draft to be
held June 27-28 in Philadelphia.
The Panthers owned an 18.8 percent chance of landing the top
pick after finishing 29-45-8. The Buffalo Sabres, who had a 25
percent opportunity in the lottery, are coming off a 21-51-10
season. They will select second.
Rounding out the top five will be the Edmonton Oilers (29-44-9),
the Calgary Flames (35-40-7) and the New York Islanders
The other draft selections that were determined Tuesday: No. 6
Vancouver Canucks, No. 7 Carolina Hurricanes, No. 8 Toronto
Maple Leafs, No. 9 Winnipeg Jets, No. 10 Anaheim Ducks (from the
Ottawa Senators), No. 11 Nashville Predators, No. 12 Phoenix
Coyotes and No. 13 Washington Capitals.
The next 16 positions will go to the playoff teams, depending
upon their success in the postseason. The 30th and last
first-round selection belongs to the New Jersey Devils, part of
the penalty for signing winger Ilya Kovalchuk to a contract that
broke league rules in 2010.
The only other time the Panthers selected first in the draft,
they acquired defenseman Ed Jovanovski in 1994. Florida dealt
away the No. 1 overall pick in 2002 and 2003. Left winger Rick
Nash and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury were chosen first in those
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