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Rats Roundup: Coach Q Lands in South Florida, Draft Lottery Results

by Peter Rossi /

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

Joel Quenneville was named head coach, the Cats found out their draft lottery pick and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Meet the New (Bench) Boss

The Panthers kicked off their offseason by making a huge splash on Monday, naming three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach Joel Quenneville as the new head coach.

Quenneville, or "Coach Q" as people tend to refer to him by, has a resume that speaks for itself, including an 890-532-77-137 record as a head coach in the NHL. His 890 regular season wins as an NHL head coach are the second most in NHL history.

Plus, he has a Jack Adams award to his credit as he was named the top head coach in the NHL for the 1999-00 season.

Check out his introductory press conference below and welcome to Panthers Territory Coach Q! 

Video: Press Conference: Head Coach Joel Quenneville

[READ: Panthers Ready for 'New Beginning' Under Stanley Cup-winning Quenneville]

[READ: Panthers Players Share in Excitement Surrounding Quenneville's Hire]

Cats to Pick 13th

Following the results of the 2019 Draft Lottery, the Cats are positioned to pick 13th in the upcoming NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21.

"Now that the results of the lottery are in, I'm confident that the Florida Panthers will be selecting another highly talented, young player in the top-15 to help strengthen our team for years to come," said Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon.

The Cats have had previous success in the first round of the Draft, selecting such players as forward Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall - 2011), forward Aleksander Barkov (second overall - 2013), defenseman Aaron Ekblad (first overall - 2014), forward Owen Tippett (10th overall - 2017) and forward Grigori Denisenko (15th overall - 2018) in the top-15 of the first round.

Stay tuned for @FlaPanthers on Twitter and for upcoming draft coverage and exclusive draft preview content!

Territory Talk

There was no better way to welcome Coach Q to the Cats than to have him stop by Territory Talk for a chat.

Quenneville sat down with Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive to discuss the decision to come to Florida, his expectations for the team moving forward and what he looks forward to about South Florida. Listen below and head to to check out past episodes!

Season In Review

The Florida Panthers 25th Anniversary season had its share of memorable moments and historic milestones.

From franchise-best performances to highlight-reel plays, the 2018-19 campaign saw Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and more rewrite the record books. 

Video: 2018-19 Season In Review: Player Reactions

Check out our special season review of the 2018-19 season HERE, enjoy the highlights and thank you for being a part of Panthers Territory!

As a bonus, check out the Top 10 Goals of the season!

Video: Top 10 Goals of 2018-19

Quick Hitters

- "Red Deer" Randy Moller shares his thoughts on Coach Q joining the Panthers.

- Panthers Pipeline Highlighted on Hockey News' 'Future Watch' List.

- Quenneville timeline: New Panthers coach has history of success.

- Quenneville hire has Panthers fan base excited, energized.

- Joel Quenneville chatted with NHL Network about his decision to become a Panther.

- Fan Appreciation Night is always one of the best games of the season, and the players want to let fans know how much their support means to them.

- Barkov's between-the-legs tally was voted the best goal of the season across the NHL by NHL Network!

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