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Eleven picked at 11th

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

With the NHL Draft quickly approaching, the Florida Panthers prepare to make their first selection with the 11th pick in the first round right in their own backyard at BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Today we take a glimpse at some notable NHL players in the league drafted at 11 as well as some Panthers alumni to be selected with the 11th pick.

Active Players

C Filip Forsberg - Nashville Predators

Drafted: 2012 – Washington Capitals

The top-rated European skater in his draft year, Forsberg has made an early impact with the Nashville Predators in his first full NHL season. The 20-year old center was one of the leading rookie scorers in the NHL during the 2014-15 season, notching 63 points (26-37–63) in 82 games.

D Ryan Ellis - Nashville Predators

Drafted: 2009 – Nashville Predators

The 5'10" defender earned a full-time NHL spot in 2013-14 where he notched 27 points (6-21–27) in 80 games. Playing in 58 games during the 2014-15 season, Ellis managed to reach a new career-high in goals (9), while matching his previous point total of 27.

C Brandon Sutter - Pittsburgh Penguins

Drafted: 2007 – Carolina Hurricanes

Part of the storied Sutter hockey family, the son of Brent Sutter was selected by Carolina at 11 in 2007. The 26-year old finished his third season with the Penguins this past season, recording 21 goals. His goal total tied his career-high in 2009-10 with Carolina.

G Jonathan Bernier – Los Angeles Kings

Drafted: 2006 – Toronto Maple Leafs

The former AHL All-Star developed in the Los Angeles Kings system and won a Stanley Cup with the big club in 2012. The 26-year old goaltender played a career-high 58 games for the Maple Leafs this past season.

C Anze Kopitar - Los Angeles Kings

Drafted: 2005 – Los Angeles Kings

Part of the Kings’ rebuild of the mid-2000’s, Kopitar has developed into a high-level player in the NHL. The Slovenian-born center has recorded 60 points in eight of his nine NHL seasons and notched 42 points in 47 games during the shortened 2012-13 season.

C Jeff Carter- Los Angeles Kings

Drafted: 2003 – Philadelphia Flyers

Selected in 2003 by Philadelphia, Carter became one of the team’s top offensive players during his time in the City of Brotherly Love. Since joining Los Angeles, Carter has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons and has won two Stanley Cups.

RW Jarome Iginla – Colorado Avalanche

Drafted: 2007 – Dallas Stars

A trade to Calgary only a few months after of being drafted shaped the career of Iginla. Spending 16 seasons with the Flames, Iginla became one of the top goal scorers of his generation. With over 1,300 games of experience under his belt, the 37-year old still remains a scoring threat, most recently netting 29 goals for the Avalanche during the 2014-15 season.

Panthers Alumni

D Keith Ballard – Minnesota Wild

Drafted: 2002 – Buffalo Sabres

Played with Florida: 2008-10

In his two seasons with Florida, Ballard never missed a game, playing in a combined 164 consecutive contests.

G Trevor Kidd – Retired

Drafted: 1990 – Calgary Flames

Played with Florida: 1999-2002

Florida’s starting goaltender before the Roberto Luongo era began in the early 2000's, Kidd was a highly touted goaltender during his draft year, leading the Spokane Chiefs to a Memorial Cup Championship. Kidd played 387 NHL games and finished with a 140-162-52 record, .901 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average.

C Mike Sillinger – Retired

Drafted: 1989 – Detroit Red Wings

Played with Florida: 1999-01

Despite a short stint in Florida, the journeyman center played 17 NHL seasons and 1,049 games for 12 different NHL teams.

D Randy Moller –Retired

Drafted: 1981 – Quebec Nordiques

Played with Florida: 1994-95

These days “Red Deer” is best known among Panthers fans for his radio play-by-play role for the team, but Moller played 14 NHL seasons, posting 1,692 penalty minutes in 815 games.

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