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Panthers GM Tallon talks second overall pick

May 30, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

Dale Tallon AP

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is hoping the reward for a nightmare season is a future franchise player that can step into the lineup and contribute right away.

On June 30, Florida will pick second overall at the draft in Newark.

“We’re hopeful,” Tallon told “We’re going to be a young team. It’s going to be a necessary part of our puzzle moving forward. I would hope the guy we select can play for us next year.”

Portland defenseman Seth Jones and Halifax forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are the consensus top three prospects.

While the Panthers finished last in both scoring and defense in 2013, the future could be bright with one of the above three, along with 19-year-old center Jonathan Huberdeau, a finalist for rookie of the year, and other promising youngsters like Erik Gudbranson, Jacob Markstrom, Nick Bjugstad, Dmitry Kulikov, and Rocco Grimaldi.

  1. tcclark - May 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    That just means he’s likely to take Drouin over Jones if MacKinnon is taken number 1

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 30, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      I don’t think Drouin is a franchise player. McKinnon for sure, and Jones very likely.

      • tcclark - May 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        It just depends on what you consider to be a franchise player. Do you think Martin St. Louis is a franchise player? That’s the level I expect him to be at. Others aren’t as high on him, but he has vision and IQ. Those are two things you can’t teach. Strength can be gained, skating can be improved, vision and IQ are gifts. He has all of the gifts in the world to be a world class player. I think he makes it.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 31, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        I don’t consider St Louis a franchise player. On TB Lecavalier was that player when he broke in. If you expect Drouin to come in and be like St. Louis, then I agree. TB can end up with a very deadly duo if the combine Drouin’s passing abilities with Stamkos’ scoring skills.

      • tcclark - May 31, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        You’re right. I think Vinny was the face of the franchise. When you thought about the Tampa Bay Lightning, you thought about Vinny Lecavalier, but the interesting thing is I think St. Louis has been the better player throughout their careers. He’s won a Hart, a Lester B Pearson, 2 Art Ross Trophies, 2 Lady Byngs, has been the Assist Leader twice now, and has been a six time all-star compared to Vinny’s 4. He’s been quietly the better player throughout their careers and I think that’s what’s going to happen with MacKinnon and Drouin. MacKinnon might be the face of a franchise, but I think Drouin will put up the better numbers throughout their careers.

  2. desertfan - May 30, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    McKinnon will be a star- Jones will be ok and Drouin will fade ala Gomez.

    Avs will be real dumb to pass a chance at McKinnon.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 31, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Every player fades over time. Gomez no more than others. He hit the 30 goal mark only twice. People had higher expectations than he can actually deliver. NYR unloaded his fat contract to the unassuming Habs fro a prime prospect. Slather won big time on that one.

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