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What's Been Written: The 2011 NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Panthers Nab Huberdeau With Third Selection

Glenn Odebralski -

In a meeting with the Panthers on Thursday night, Panthers GM Dale Tallon told Saint John center/winger Jonathan Huberdeau that he was there guy as long as the draft fell as it was expected.

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Dale Tallon Post Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Scott Luce Post Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Kevin Dineen Post Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Rocco Grimaldi: VIDEO | AUDIO
Vincent Trocheck Post Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Logan Shaw Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Jonathan Racine Post Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Kyle Rau Post Day II: VIDEO | AUDIO
Ed Wittchow Post Day II: AUDIO

The Panthers finished up another successful draft, their second straight year in which they had double digit picks. After selecting 13 prospects in the 2010 draft in Los Angeles, they followed it up with 10 more in Minnesota. At the top of those selections were center/winger Jonathan Huberdeau from Saint John of the QMJHL (No. 3 overall) and center Rocco Grimaldi from the US Development Program (No. 33 overall), adding a lot of skill to the forward organizational depth chart.

The Panthers also made a huge pickup along the trade route as they acquired defenseman Brian Campbell from the Chicago Blackhawks. The puck-moving, offensive blueliner was acquired in exchange for left winger Rostislav Olesz.

Below you'll find a listing of some of the articles that have been posted about the Panthers doings throughout the draft weekend.

Five teams you could call winners at the NHL Draft
June 27, 2011
By Joe Yerden - NBC Sports

2. Florida Panthers
Aside from the Panthers swinging a draft day deal with Chicago that landed them Brian Campbell to play defense for them in exchange for Rostislav Olesz, GM Dale Tallon did pretty well at the top half of the draft as well. With the third overall selection they grabbed potential goal scoring machine Jonathan Huberdeau and in the second round they took diminutive spark plug forward Rocco Grimaldi.

Panthers' top pick centre of attention
June 27, 2011
By Scott Briggs - Telegraph-Journal

For now, Jonathan Huberdeau is the face of the Florida Panthers.

Shortly after the club drafted the Saint John Sea Dogs forward third overall Friday night, his picture was placed on the team's official website. Sporting a smile and Florida's red jersey and cap, Huberdeau is wearing hockey gloves and has a stick resting across his shoulders. The Panthers hope he'll be suiting up for real in the near future.
June 27, 2011
By Ryan Meier - Litter Box Cats

It was a very busy and very eventful draft weekend, and as expected the Panthers and GM Dale Tallon were very busy yet again. The Panthers came in with the third overall pick and decided to stand pat, drafting Sea Dogs forward Jonathan Huberdeau. As we've all heard before, Huberdeau is a top-notch offensive talent who will need another year or so of time in juniors to mature, but will likely be competing for a spot on the Cats in the next two camps. He'll bring a much-needed jolt of offensive flair and production to a very shallow forward corps in Florida.

Campbell happy to be reunited with Florida Panthers GM Tallon

June 26, 2011
By George Richards - Miami Herald

Brian Campbell didn’t decide to come to Florida on a whim.

After being asked by the Chicago Blackhawks to waive his no-trade agreement, Campbell took a few days to mull things over. It has been reported that he declined to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It’s not easy going from a Stanley Cup contender to a team undergoing yet another rebuilding job.

Logan Shaw selected by Florida in NHL Draft
June 26, 2011
By Greg McNeil

The Glace Bay native’s career course was charted when the Florida Panthers made him their third round pick in 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Center, Saturday.

“I was kind of hoping to go to Florida,” the right-winger for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles said when reached at an airport in Minnesota, Sunday.

Screaming Eagle's Shaw shocked to be Panthers's pick
June 26, 2011
By Willy Palov -

Logan Shaw went to the NHL draft in Minnesota with the expectation he might not even get picked.

So when the Florida Panthers called his name midway through the third round on Saturday, he confessed it caught him a little off guard.
June 26, 2011
By George Richards - Miami Herald

Rocco Grimaldi came to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday hoping to hear his name called as the first round of the NHL Draft was held.

When it wasn’t, he said he was OK with things. “It wasn’t too bad,” Grimaldi said. “The tough part was going through it; it was just so overwhelming. When it was over and I wasn’t picked, I just started looking forward to [Saturday].”

Tallon's counting on Campbell to repeat Hawks' success
June 26, 2011
By Harvey Fialkov - Sun-Sentinel

It wasn't quite "The Decision," but it had to take the Dale Carnegie-like persuasive skills of Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon to get Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell to take his talents to Sunrise.

Why else would Campbell waive his no-trade clause from a team he helped win a Stanley Cup two seasons ago? Why, with five more years left at $7.1 million in the hockey-crazed city where his fiance grew up, come to a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in 10 years?

Three Future Gophers Selected in NHL Draft
June 26, 2011 — 3:45pm
By Samuel Gordon

Three future Gophers were drafted in this past weekend's NHL Draft at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Minnesota's 2011 Mr. Hockey and former Eden Prairie star Kyle Rau was the first to come off the board. The center was selected in the third round by the Florida Panthers, who made sophomore Nick Bjugstad their first round selection a year ago.

Grading out the 2011 NHL entry draft
June 26, 2011 — 10:33am
By Gare Joyce, Grant Sonier - ESPN Insider

Maybe the grade can be ascribed to any comparisons to last year's haul by the Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau is a talent, to be sure, but I'm not as sold on Rocco Grimaldi. His upside is Brian Gionta-ish, which is good enough but I can't see taking him while Tomas Jurco was on the board.
Sonier's prime picks: The Memorial Cup MVP, Huberdeau, will be fun to watch as he gets stronger and matures into a complete two-way forward. Contrasting in size, Grimaldi is the second-smallest player selected (after John Gadreau) while Rasmus Bengtsson is a big gritty defensive D-man -- both have big upside and will surprise.

Tallon goes on the offensive

June 25, 2011
By Harvey Fialkov - Sun-Sentinel

Since the end of the season, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon tried to be coy with the prying media regarding his draft wish list, saying he'd just as soon continue to bolster the defense and that size is still a virtue he covets.

Even he couldn't keep a straight face after drafting seven forwards and three defensemen this weekend, including 5-foot-6 California-born center Rocco Grimaldi with the team's first second-round pick at No. 33.

The draft is done, so what is next?
June 25, 2011 - 8:07 PM
By Scott Burnside - ESPN

A lot of folks look at the Panthers' acquisition of Campbell as a simple mechanism to get the team to the $48.3 million salary-cap floor.

That's not how Tallon views it at all.

NHL DRAFT: UND recruit Rocco Grimaldi doesn’t last long on Day 2

June 25, 2011 - 7:36 PM
By Brad Elliott Schlossman

In a couple of years, Rocco Grimaldi will be taking his talents to South Beach.

The UND incoming freshman forward was selected by the Florida Panthers early in the second round of the NHL draft Saturday morning, kicking off a day that later saw Sioux defenseman Dillon Simpson get picked by the Edmonton Oilers — a team his father, Craig, helped to two Stanley Cups in the 1980s.

Florida GM: Brian Campbell gives Panthers credibility
June 25th, 2011 – 4:18 p.m.
By Greg Wyshynski -

ST. PAUL — It's easy to forget what the Chicago Blackhawks looked like in Summer 2008. Names like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp didn't carry championship heft. Denis Savard was the head coach. They were in a five-season playoff drought. The fan bandwagon still had plenty of empty seats.

Brian Campbell helped change the perception of how close they were to contention. The 8-year, $57.1 million free-agent contract given to him by GM Dale Tallon exhibited a commitment to winning and to spending, two things the Blackhawks weren't exactly known for under the late Bill Wirtz. It signaled a new day for the franchise.

Panthers pick Rocco Grimaldi's leap of faith at NHL Entry Draft

June 25th, 2011 – 2:01 p.m.
By Greg Wyshynski -

Rocco Grimaldi was projected by many to be a low first-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but slipped to the second round on Saturday morning where the Florida Panthers selected him at No. 33 overall.

"Sometimes you think something's going to happen one way but that's not what God has for you. I'm totally fine with that," he said.

Saginaw Spirit forward Vincent Trocheck picked in third round of NHL draft by Florida Panthers
June 25th, 2011 - 12:00 PM
By Kyle Austin - The Saginaw News

Vincent Trocheck had hoped to be picked in the second round of Saturday's NHL Draft, and while that wish didn't come true, he didn't have to wait long in the third round to hear his name called.

Trocheck, the Spirit forward, was picked with the third pick in the third round, 64th overalll, by the Florida Panthers.

June 25th, 2011
By Patrick Donnelly - Fox Sports North

Rocco Grimaldi isn't following the typical path to the NHL. However, Rocco Grimaldi isn't your typical hockey player.
For one thing, he stands 5-foot-6 and can probably skate between Zdeno Chara's legs. He grew up in southern California, honing his skills on the blacktop of inline rinks, rather than shooting pucks into a dryer in his basement. His role model is a football player. And he wants to start his own church someday.

NHL draft: Best, worst moves of Day 1
June 25th, 2011 – 2:55 a.m.
By Gare Joyce - ESPN Insider

Best pick: Jonathan Huberdeau to Florida Panthers (No. 3)

The Panthers picked up a lot of young bodies in last year's draft who will be useful but not franchise-defining. Huberdeau's selection, however, is. In the playoffs, Huberdeau showed he has not only tons of skill but an ability to rise to the occasion -- the sum of skill, character and guile.

June 25th, 2011 – 12:48 a.m.
By Scott Cullen - TSN

Brian Campbell's game had undergone a metamorphosis, as he went from a freewheeling offensive defenceman to responsible defender. He finished last season with 27 points, his lowest total since 2003-2004, yet also tied a career-high with a plus-28 rating.

32-year-old Campbell now blocks more shots and was playing second-unit power play time in Chicago, but his role should change back to his more offensive nature, given the lack of proven puck-moving defencemen on the Panthers roster.

Panthers acquire defenseman Brian Campbell, select Huberdeau
June 25, 2011
By George Richards - Miami Herald

Just as it appeared the opening day of the NHL Draft was going to be uneventful for the Florida Panthers, Dale Tallon pulled off a big deal.

The Panthers confirmed early Saturday morning they had acquired Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell – who waived his no-trade clause to come South.

Panthers get Huberdeau with No. 3 pick in draft

June 24, 2011
By Sam Gardner - Fox Sports Florida

The Florida Panthers have selected Saint John Sea Dogs center Jonathan Huberdeau with the third pick in the NHL draft Friday night in St. Paul, Minn.

The 18-year-old rocketed up draft boards after a standout second year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. Huberdeau scored 43 goals and tallied 62 assists for a remarkable 105 points in just 67 regular-season games.

Panthers select high-scoring center Huberdeau at No. 3 and pull off late trade
June 24, 2011
By Harvey Fialkov - Sun-Sentinel

During all those family trips to South Florida to watch the Panthers play his beloved Canadiens in the annual New Year's Eve game, Jonathan Huberdeau had no idea that one day he'd be grinning from ear to ear while sporting his customary No. 11 on a new Panthers red home jersey.

The high-scoring forward from Laval, Quebec, sensed he'd be heading to Florida earlier than usual this year after the first two draft picks went as expected — Edmonton tabbing Red Deer superstar center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Colorado snatching NHL-ready left wing Gabriel Landeskog.
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