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No Change for Florida Panthers, Will Pick Third at NHL Draft for Second Straight Year

Dalypanthers The Panthers will hold the third overall pick in the June draft after failing to move up in the draft lottery held Tuesday night in Toronto.

The Panthers, represented by alternate governor Bill Torrey, had a 14.2 percent chance to move up to the top spot. The Edmonton Oilers will have the top pick for the second straight year.

Florida had won the lottery three times – and never used the top pick. In 1998, Florida won the top pick yet had previously traded its first round pick to San Jose for Viktor Kozlov. Tampa Bay received Florida's pick from the Sharks and took franchise player Vinny Lecavalier.

2011draft The Panthers 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.


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