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2010 NHL Draft: What's Been Said

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
It seems that the Panthers were the hit of the draft. Whether people were talking about the trade early Friday that sent defenseman Keith Ballard and forward Victor Oreskovich to Vancouver for forwards Michael Grabner and Steve Bernier as well as the 25th overall selection or the tabbing of rugged defenseman Erik Gudbranson with the third pick or even the entire draft for the Panthers in which they selected 13 overall players, the Cats were the talk of the town.

Graded out at the top of the league by many draft pundits and claimed one of the winners of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is nice now, but now it's time for those prospects to prove their worth.

Below you'll find a listing and some of the articles that have been posted about the Panthers doings throughout the draft weekend. Enjoy. (Special shout out to Litter Box Cats for compiling a lot of the listing)

Breaking Down The Ballard Trade
June 25, 2010 - 8:35 PM
Pierre LeBrun -

New GM Dale Tallon continued his overhaul of the Florida Panthers, and for the second time in a week, I really like the trade he's pulled off.

For starters, just getting Keith Ballard's five-year, $21 million deal off the books is a major coup.
Panthers Take Defenseman Gudbranson At No. 3
June 25, 2010 - 10:35 PM
Steve Gorten - Sun Sentinel

It turns out that while the Panthers were evaluating Erik Gudbranson, he was studying them.

Ultimately, they were equally enamored with each other.

The Panthers selected Gudbranson with the No. 3 pick in the draft Friday at Staples Center, fulfilling their wish for a big, rugged defenseman while giving the 18-year-old from the Ontario Hockey League just the sweater he said he wanted to put on.
Panthers Draft Ottawa-Area Blueliner
June 25, 2010 - 10:53 PM
Bruce Garrioch - Toronto Sun

As the words rolled off Dale Tallon’s tongue, the tears rolled down Wayne and Donna Gudbranson’s cheeks.

Yes, Erik Gudbranson has hit the big time.
Panthers Trade Ballard, Oreskovich To Canucks
June 25, 2010 - 11:36 PM
Steve Gorten - Sun Sentinel

As he played golf Friday back in his home state of Minnesota, defenseman Keith Ballard kept getting updates on the latest trade rumors involving him.

He knew at that point it probably wasn't a matter of if he'd be dealt, but to which team.
Panthers Grab Rugged Gudbranson
June 26, 2010
George Richards - Miami Herald

The Panthers have often said they wanted to get bigger, stronger and tougher. With the third pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, they went a long way in actually accomplishing that.
The Panthers scored a big, physical defenseman Friday, taking 19-year-old Erik Gudbranson. After being picked, Gudbranson talked about his tough style of play. It is exactly what the Panthers wanted to hear.
Canucks Give Up Young First Rounder To Obtain Quality Blue-Liner In Ballard
June 26, 2010
Ian MacIntyre - Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Canucks got a sure thing. And for the ironclad guarantee that defenceman Keith Ballard offers, Canuck general manager Mike Gillis paid a severe price.

Gillis traded his first-round draft pick Friday -- Vancouver's only at-bat in the annual National Hockey League talent lottery's first three rounds -- and good prospect Michael Grabner to the Florida Panthers to obtain Ballard, a 27-year-old defenceman who will go to war with the Canucks for the next five seasons.
Panthers' Dale Tallon Reshaping Roster Quickly
June 26, 2010
George Richards - Miami Herald

The Panthers have been through rebuilding processes before, but aside from the franchise's early days when it was built into a winner, none have brought much success.

General manager Dale Tallon hopes he is the one to help change that. He would like to think he someday will look back at this past week as the start of a new era for hockey in South Florida.

Time, of course, will tell.
Keith Ballard Dealt To Canucks
June 26, 2010
George Richards - Miami Herald

Dale Tallon was perhaps the busiest person at the Staples Center on Friday night, as the new Panthers general manager lived up to his reputation as a wheeler and dealer.
Tallon made two trades Friday, one to move down in the NHL Draft and acquire a later pick. And one a little bigger.
Gudbranson 'The Next One'
June 26, 2010
Ken Warren - The Ottawa Citizen

Seconds after the Florida Panthers chose Erik Gudbranson with the third overall selection at Friday's NHL entry draft, he was mobbed by his mother, Donna, and father, Wayne, in the seats at the Staples Centre.
Ducks, Panthers, USA Hockey All Flourish In Draft
June 26, 2010
Wes Goldstein - CBS Sports

Dale Tallon was brought in as GM to recreate the model he built in Chicago and he set the foundation with a remarkable effort at the draft. Tallon's wheeling and dealing -- which began earlier in the week when he acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman from Boston for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell -- landed him 13 picks in what most considered a very deep draft. Six of them were in the first two rounds, including three in the first. Florida ended up with five players who were considered first-round possibilities.
Panthers' Tallon Has Busy First Round Of Draft
June 26, 2010 - 1:32 AM
Shawn P. Roarke -

Dale Tallon has certainly hit the ground running as the new GM of the Florida Panthers.

Friday night, on the first day of the 2010 Entry Draft, Tallon grabbed the spotlight with a pair of aggressive moves, highlighted by the trading of star defenseman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks.

Tallon, named to the GM post on May 17, turned one of his most coveted assets into several pieces that will help with the aggressive rebuild he has in store for the Panthers. Tallon sent Ballard and prospect Victor Oreskovich to Vancouver in exchange for young forward Steve Bernier, speedy forward Michael Grabner, a first-round pick in his own right, and the No. 25 pick.
Panthers Go Big In This Year's Draft
June 26, 2010 - 3:49 PM
James O'Brien - NBC Sports

One thing is for sure, though, new GM Dale Tallon won't sit idly by while other GMs make waves. He's making his presence known.

Just look at the Florida Panthers' feverishly busy draft.
Few Random Thoughts
June 26, 2010 - 6:53 PM
Eric Duhatschek - Glove And Mail

Long-term though, the big winners over the weekend was unquestionably the Panthers, a team in need of a major overhaul. GM Dale Tallon, in his first month on the job, began the process by moving out Horton earlier in the week and then traded defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

The Panthers finished with six of the top 50 picks, nine in the top 100 and chose 13 players overall. Included in that group were the equivalent of five first-rounders, if you count the three they actually took - Erik Gudbranson (Kingston, OHL), Nick Bjugstad (Blaine high school, Minnesota) and Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw, WHL) - plus the two that slipped into the early stages of the second round: John McFarland (Sudbury, OHL), and Alexander Petrovic (Red Deer, D) both of whom were projected to go in the top 30.
Tallon Fulfills Promise By Adding Promise To Panthers
June 26, 2010 - 6:54 PM
Adam Kimmelman -

Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said his goal is to make South Florida a tougher place to visit.

He started that process by picking three giant players in the first round Friday, and continued that trend Saturday on Day 2 of the 2010 Entry Draft.

The Panthers made 10 of the first 99 picks, and all but one of them was taller than 6-foot and six weighed more than 190 pounds.
Panthers Stay Busy On Day 2
June 26, 2010 - 6:55 PM
Ryan Dixon - The Hockey News

Tallon certainly threw himself right into the Florida fire. He’s barely been on the job for a month, yet he’s already packed the franchise cupboard with prospects, starting with third overall pick Erik Gudbranson on the blueline.
Draft Winners And Losers
June 26, 2010 - 7:00 PM
Bruce Ciskie - Fanhouse

New general manager Dale Tallon had himself a great weekend in Los Angeles, bulking up the forward population with a number of big kids who will add muscle to the Panthers' lineup in a few years. Along with getting huge defenseman Erik Gudbranson with the third overall pick, Tallon added two forwards later in the first, getting Minnesota high school star Nick Bjugstad and Canadian Quinton Howden. Bjugstad will head to the University of Minnesota for at least a year or two, while Howden will play at least one more year in the WHL before moving into the Panthers' organization.
Closing Thoughts From The NHL Draft
June 27, 2010 - 11:38 AM
Allan Muir -

Most Promising Crop: Florida Panthers Dale Tallon promised an overhaul in Florida and then accelerated the timetable by selecting six players in the top 50 through some deft maneuvering with his own picks and talent. Among the team's league-leading 13 choices overall were a pair of hard-hitting blueliners, a trio of jumbo-checking forwards with some offensive upside and a promising young netminder in Sam Brittain (92nd).
Grading It out, From Panthers To Leafs
June 27, 2010 - 5:37 PM
Gare Joyce - ESPN Insider

The cream of the crop
Florida Panthers: A-plus 
It might be something along the lines of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 1974 draft -- with three firsts and a total of 10 picks in the top 99, you have to figure that at least four players will be meaningful NHLers, and maybe six or seven. No. 3 D Eric Gudbranson of Kingston will be a 15-year bedrock defenseman starting tomorrow but Panthers fans will have to wait for others. High-risk, high-reward Sudbury LW John McFarland was a very intriguing pick. GM Dale Tallon suggests that he won't hesitate to play anyone out of this draft next season if he shows his stuff in preseason. McFarland is a pretty good dark-horse play on that count.
Tallon Ready To Make Most Of Draft's Bounty
June 27, 2010 - 8:21 PM
Steve Gorten - Sun Sentinel

From the day he was hired, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon repeatedly talked about the importance of this year's draft.

He needs many pieces to rebuild this organization, and when it comes to getting those, he said, there's no better place to stock up.
A Case Of Brotherly And Family Love
June 27, 2010 - 9:19 PM
Tim Wharnsby -

If you were watching and knew his story, the hug was poignant.

After Taylor Hall went to the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins named Tyler Seguin their pick, it was the Florida Panthers' turn to announce the third overall selection of the 2010 NHL entry draft on Friday. It was an emotional time of a different kind.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon stepped up to the podium, smiled and declared hulking six-foot-four, 195-pound Kingston Frontenacs defenceman Erik Gudbranson as the saviour for the floundering franchise. The classy Tallon could not have made a better choice. While Hall and Seguin have tremendous skill, Gudbranson has all the character and compassion you would want in a young man.
In Short Time, Dale Tallon Revitalizes Florida Panthers
June 27, 2010 - 10:14 PM
Christopher Botta - Fanhouse

On the sheer force of one man's charisma, determination and ability, the Florida Panthers are back in business in the National Hockey League. It this wasn't clear before last weekend, brand new general manager Dale Tallon proved it at the draft in Los Angeles.
Safe Move? Canucks Have Bet On Ballard In A Big Way
June 28, 2010
Ed Willes - The Province

Ballard, for whatever else he is, should fit into the Canucks' top four and should strengthen their blueline. True, his contract is a tad hefty (five more years at $4.2 million) but the Canucks needed a blueliner and Ballard was as good as any of the UFA's available.

The price -- essentially three first-rounders -- might have been steep for some organizations, but it's also one the Canucks could afford.

Draft Day Winners: Florida: Who knew about Dale Tallon? In his first draft with Florida, Tallon had five picks in the top 36 and the players the Panthers' general manager drafted should plug the gaping holes in his organization.
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