Florida has a 14.2 percent chance to claiming the top pick after finishing 28th in the 30 team league as Edmonton (25 percent) and Colorado (18.8) finished below the Panthers. Florida will be represented by former president and general manager Bill Torrey.
The Panthers have won the lottery three times – and traded the pick each time.
In 1998, Florida held the first pick yet had already traded it to San Jose. Tampa Bay ended up with the pick and took franchise player Vinny Lecavalier.
Florida also traded the top pick in 2002 and 2003 after winning the lottery and selected Nathan Horton and Jay Bouwmeester respectively. In 2002, Columbus selected perennial All-Star Rick Nash with Florida's pick; Pittsburgh took goalie Marc-Andre Fleury the following year.