SUNRISE, Fla. - The National Hockey League announced today following the NHL Draft Lottery that the Florida Panthers have been awarded the 10th overall selection in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. The first round will take place on June 23 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. Day two of the Draft will take place on June 24.
The Panthers possess five selections in the upcoming draft. Along with selecting 10th overall in the first round, Florida owns a pick in the second round, third round, fifth round and sixth round.
"For the past month I have been focused on traveling and scouting in preparation for the Draft," said Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon. "Now that the results of the lottery are in, I know that the Florida Panthers will be selecting another highly talented, young player in the top-10 to supplement our core group for years to come."
Florida has selected 10th overall in the NHL Draft three times in franchise history. With the first round's 10th pick, the Panthers have selected Keaton Ellerby (2007), Michael Frolik (2006) and Radek Dvorak (1995). Dvorak played 613 games in a Panthers uniform, the second-most by any player in franchise history.
Of Florida's current players, forward Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall - 2011), forward Aleksander Barkov (second overall - 2013) and defenseman Aaron Ekblad (first overall - 2014) were selected by the Panthers in the top-10 of the first round. In their rookie NHL seasons both Huberdeau (2012-13) and Ekblad (2014-15) won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL.
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