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Could the Panthers trade down twice at NHL Draft?

Jun 7, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

Dale Tallon AP

The Florida Panthers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to the NHL Draft. Owning the No. 1 pick means they’ve got their choices of anyone they want. They also have the choice to trade down if it means getting a better haul.

The idea of Panthers GM Dale Tallon trading out of the top spot has been kicked around lately, but CBC’s Elliotte Friedman floats the idea in his 30 Thoughts the Panthers could deal down twice and still get their guy.

It would take a couple of different conditions to make it work :

  • The Buffalo Sabres are expected to take either of the top centers in Sam Reinhart or Sam Bennett at second overall. If a team like the Islanders or Flames wanted to jump to No. 1 to get either of them ahead of Buffalo, that would allow Florida to drop to fourth or fifth to change spots and get something else out of that team.
  • From there, the Panthers could deal down again if they expect one of the players they have their eye on is still available. That means Florida could slide down again slightly if there’s another player a team below them is eager to grab.

Florida has a need to fill at wing and guys like William Nylander, Nikolaj Ehlers, Kevin Fiala, Kasperi Kapanen, and Brendan Perlini could/should be Top 15 picks. That gives Florida a wide array of guys to potentially settle on.

It’s all hypothesis at this point, but the drama on draft day could be sky high for the Panthers and any of the teams (outside of Buffalo perhaps) in the top 10.

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    It’s a terrible draft…why not?

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      This draft is not “terrible”. There are some quality players available.

  2. canucks30 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    The Canucks are reportedly going hard after local boy Sam Reinhart.

    One of the rumours is Horvat and the 6th for the 1st or Chris Tanev and the 6th for the 1st.

    • pigeonbutt - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Those rumours about the trade prospects are all based out of a local beat writer (Kuzma?) speculating, there is no basis other than his thoughts.

      And they are barely better than some of the trash thrown around here (Mikku Koivu for Kesler?). Selecting a potential first line winger as well as having Horvat, who Kuzma(?) undersells in his article, is much more agreeable than a player who projects as a first line center but not a franchise player. The whole “local boy” thing is a load of bunk the papers are using to stir an apathetic fan base. Nevermind that Florida is already loaded with talented young centermen.

      The 6th pick + Tanev is a hard one to consider. There is a hefty list of pros and cons to each side but one problem is now needing to find more young defensemen with promise as well as the winger hole expected to be plugged by the 6th pick. Tanev is also more well regarded in Vancouver and less of a known product outside – I’d imagine Florida would ask for more at which point it becomes too much.

      • canucks30 - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail quotes an NHL player agent as saying the Canucks are doing everything in their power to land Sam Reinhart.

        Also Jim Benning reportedly loves the guy.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      Vancity media sucks with it’s negativity and bullshiite. Don’t really believe much of what they have to offer. Pigeon is right on that count, doesn’t matter how many of them get on that or any other train of thought.

      The eastern media including Friedman are worse, with dredger being the biggest douche out there…

      On another note, edge of tomorrow is a cool movie if you suspend your logic and don’t overanalyze it.

  3. pigeonbutt - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Oh for sure I realize my language makes it sound like they aren’t considering him, I was meaning to comment on the return.
    I read that Benning was quite pleased with his interview but I also believe he probably said that about 5 other prospects, they just happened to not be from BC and fit less into the narrative Vancouver media is spinning about getting local players.
    It’s understandable given the terrible WHL scouting, passing on successful Vancouver Giants etc but my money is on there being more talk than action.

    Of course, a potential Kesler trade could see more assets brought in that mgmt feels worth trading up for.

  4. mpops86 - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Tallon should do anything he can to stockpile picks for next year. Buffalo has three first-rounders so Tallon also wants three next year. They’ll go head-to-head to get the McDavid pick next year.

  5. joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    The Panthers need to consider all options to get better sooner than later. If they don’t feel the number one pick can be a franchise player, then it does make sense to trade. However, what can you expect in return. Remember last year before the draft Roy was saying that they were open to trading the first overall choice. Doesn’t mean it will happen, but it’s a good way to create an auction.

  6. khmerson562 - Jun 7, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Mike Richard and kings 1st round for the # 1

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM


  7. blackhawks2010 - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Hurry up and move to Seattle already Panthers! Quit delaying the inevitable….

  8. desertfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Canucks should trade #6 to NYR for St Louis and the NYR 1 pick

  9. bullwinkle88 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    There is still drama with Buffalo. Certainly they are going to retain their 2nd pick, but the question is: What do they do if Reinhart is picked first? It’s no secret in Sabreland that Devine wants Reinhart badly. But if he’s off the board, do they go for BPA Ekblad or Bennett? Or do they trade their 2nd for Edmonton’s 3rd and settle for Bennett, since the Oilers would certainly take Ekblad?

    This is a very interesting dilemma for them.

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