Report: Panthers won’t drop below No. 8 pick

Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr joined Hockey Central @ Noon to discuss the upcoming NHL Draft and the top prospects that will likely draw all the attention.

Dale Tallon and the Florida Panthers are listening to offers for the first-overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

However, according to Panthers beat writer George Richards of the Miami Herald, the team is not willing to drop lower than the eighth selection.

If the Panthers were to swap picks in a deal with another team in the top eight, there would be four Canadian teams to potentially choose from. The Edmonton Oilers pick third, the Calgary Flames are fourth, the Vancouver Canucks have the sixth selection and the Toronto Maple Leafs are at No. 8.

According to Sportsnet’s Gare Joyce, a package deal of Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and the eighth-overall pick would not be enough to land the top selection, which would likely be used to take Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad.

The other teams rounding out the top eight are the Buffalo Sabres at No. 2, New York Islanders at No. 5 and Carolina Hurricanes No. 7.

The Panthers, which named Gerard Gallant the team’s new head coach Sunday, have a total of five picks (No. 1, No. 32, No. 92, No. 143, No. 182) in the draft that takes place June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

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