With the 2014-2015 season coming to a close and the NHL draft getting closer and closer, it is almost time to start thinking about the draft lottery and which player may be selected by which team. The NHL Draft Lottery will occur on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM EST. The NHL draft will occur on June 26 and 27 at our very own BB&T Center in Sunrise (the COTP staff hopes to see you all there). Click the button below to read more.
The Draft Lottery is quickly approaching and I’m sure you are all anxious to know who will get that coveted first pick. Each team has been assigned four-number combinations with the lower seeded teams receiving more than the higher seeded, non-playoff teams.
The lottery machine will discharge four balls with one number one each, and if the combination that is released equals the combination that a team has, that team will win the draft lottery and pick first overall in June. The Panthers own 30 combinations out of a total 1,001 possible combinations Could they take home the first overall pick again? Take a look at the chart below (credit to CBSSports) to find out:
|NHL DRAFT LOTTERY ODDS|
|TEAM||ODDS OF WINNING LOTTERY||ODDS OF STAYING PUT||ODDS OF MOVING DOWN A SPOT|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||9.5%||45.0%||45.5%|
|New Jersey Devils||7.5%||63.0%||29.5%|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||6.0%||77.0%||17.0%|
|San Jose Sharks||5.0%||83.0%||12.0%|
|Los Angeles Kings||2.0%||97.0%||1.0%|
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So, now you know that the Panthers do have a chance of getting one of the top draft picks, but don’t get your hopes up. Yet, even if the Panthers do not get McDavid or Eichel, there are still many players that would be a perfect fit for the team. The Panthers already have an abundance of young centers and defensemen who are ready or soon will be ready to play in the NHL. What the team really needs is a couple of wingers and possibly a goalie. Let’s take a look at the top 30 draft picks (credit to MyNHLDraft):
2015 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings
|1||Connor McDavid||Mikko Rantanen||Connor McDavid||Connor McDavid|
|2||Jack Eichel||Gabriel Carlsson||Jack Eichel||Jack Eichel|
|3||Noah Hanifin||Jacob Larsson||Dylan Strome||Noah Hanifin|
|4||Dylan Strome||Joel ErikssonEk||Mitchell Marner||Dylan Strome|
|5||Lawson Crouse||Michael Spacek||Ivan Provorov||Mitchell Marner|
|6||Mitchell Marner||Oliver Kylington||Zach Werenski||Zachary Werenski|
|7||Ivan Provorov||Denis Gurianov||Kyle Connor||Mikko Rantanen|
|8||Pavel Zacha||Robin Kovacs||Brock Boeser||Ivan Provorov|
|9||Zachary Werenski||Filip Ahl||Timo Meier||Lawson Crouse|
|10||Timo Meier||Jens Looke||Thomas Chabot||Travis Konecny|
|11||Mathew Barzal||David Kase||Lawson Crouse||Mathew Barzal|
|12||Jakub Zboril||Jonas Siegenthaler||Noah Hanifin||Kyle Connor|
|13||Kyle Connor||Sebastian Aho||Nick Merkley||Pavel Zacha|
|14||Travis Konecny||Roope Hintz||Mikko Rantanen||Jérémy Roy|
|15||Jansen Harkins||Julius Nattinen||Evgeni Svechnikov||Daniel Sprong|
|16||Thomas Chabot||Erik Cernak||Jansen Harkins||Timo Meier|
|17||Evgeny Svechnikov||Alexander Dergachyov||Anthony Beauvillier||Nick Merkley|
|18||Filip Chlapik||Sebastian Aho||Mathew Barzal||Yevgeni Svechnikov|
|19||Jake Debrusk||Jesper Lindgren||Thomas Novak||Oliver Kylington|
|20||Daniel Sprong||Denis Malgin||Jakub Zboril||Colin White|
|21||Jeremy Roy||Kevin Stenlund||Jeremy Roy||Thomas Chabot|
|22||Noah Juulsen||Artem Volkov||Jake DeBrusk||Jakub Zboril|
|23||Nicholas Merkley||Lukas Jasek||Nicolas Meloche||Brandon Carlo|
|24||Ryan Pilon||Mikhail Vorobyov||Travis Konecny||Paul Bittner|
|25||Brandon Carlo||Veeti Vainio||Paul Bittner||Jansen Harkins|
|26||Paul Bittner||Vladislav Gavrikov||Daniel Sprong||Jeremy Bracco|
|27||Brock Boeser||Yegor Rykov||Erik Foley||Jake DeBrusk|
|28||Thomas Novak||Jan Dufek||Filip Chlapik||Brock Boeser|
|29||Colin White||Kirill Kaprizov||Oliver Kylington||Jacob Larsson|
|30||Dennis Yan||Dmitri Yudin||Pavel Zacha||Anthony Beauvillier|
Who Will The Panthers Pick?
Well, as of right now, it is difficult to tell. From recent scouting evaluations, we find that there are not any goalies in the top 100 or even in the top 200. So, the Panthers will probably go with a right or left wing. If all remains unchanged, the Panthers will end up with the 11th pick, and there is slight chance for a higher or lower ranking.
In short, we will probably be looking at Mikko Rantanen, Pavel Zacha, Lawson Crouse, Kyle Connor, and Timo Meier.
The COTP staff will analyze those players in more detail closer to the time of the draft.
Once again, the NHL Draft Lottery will occur on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM EST. The NHL draft will occur on June 26 and 27 at the BB&T Center.
Be on the lookout for a draft lottery recap, a draft summary, possible draft pick evaluations, and much more on Cats on the Prowl.