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Panthers GM Tallon: ‘It’s a better draft than we thought’

Jun 10, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

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Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon will have some tough decisions to make on draft day. One of those choices will be what to do with the No. 1 overall pick. One thing he may not have counted on was the quality of talent available this year.

Harvey Fialkov of The Sun Sentinel shares Tallon’s thoughts on this year’s draft class and he’s a bit surprised at how good it appears to be.

“A lot of them are NHL-ready,” Tallon said. “It’s a better draft than we thought based on what we saw in the spring. There’s a lot of good players in the first round and we should get two good players [at No. 1] and at 32. It’s exciting; we’ll do well.”

While Tallon talks about getting two good players with their picks, he’s been fielding calls for the first overall selection and may deal out of that spot or trade down twice to maximize a return. He’s made no bones about shopping the pick around even though they really like defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

Tallon talking up the talent level of the draft could be a sly means to get a few more teams calling them about deals. As if having the first pick overall wouldn’t be enough to do that already, the Panthers are poised to be very active in Philadelphia.

  1. j22j - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I wonder what it would cost the Leafs to trade for the 1st pick…..

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Doesn’t matter…their team would still stink.

  2. canada2014gold - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    I think the leaves are going to have a good season. They have some young guys that are getting better. The above comment is just dumb.

    • habs9 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      yeah but their D is still atrocious, and Team D even worse…i dont see how it got better, Morgan Rielly might be older now, but i dont see him being the savior of the entire D core at this time

  3. djshnooks - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I just hope to God that Tim Murray does not make a trade with Toronto for Nazem Kadri!!! Especially if it involves Tyler Myers, as we already have a Kadri in Ennis. It was bandied about during trade deadline day.

  4. wpghawksfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    As a Jets fan I would love to see Winnipeg move up and try and trade into that #1 slot with the Panthers to grab Ekblad or even Reinhart or Bennett. I say offer Kane and the #9 pick for the #1 pick and a roster forward (would love Huberdeau but doubtful they would trade him. maybe a Kopecky or Pirri?) Florida would get an instant roster player who’s still young and has potential, and they can also move down and target Nylander or Ehlers who they’re reportedtly interested in. Winnipeg wipes the slate clean with getting rid of Kane while trading him out of the conference and getting a top prospect (would love to see a pairing of Trouba and Ekblad on the back end) and a roster forward that they could plug and play instantly.

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