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The 2014 NHL Entry Draft: To Ekblad Or Not To Ekblad, 7pm EST, NBC Sports Network

View Poll Results: What will the Panthers do?!
Draft Ekblad with the 1st overall pick 35 49.30%
Trade down from 1st overall to acquire offense 17 23.94%
Make a big trade without including the 1st overall pick 16 22.54%
Let time expire 2 2.82%
Attempt to draft Alex Ovechkin...again 5 7.04%
Trade for the first copy of NHL 15 3 4.23%
Draft Sam Bennett with the 1st overall pick 4 5.63%
Use the 1st overall pick to draft more picks, like wishing for more wishes 3 4.23%
Draft someone else totally with the 1st overall pick 3 4.23%
Allow Luongo to make a pick, thanking Dave Nonis and John Tortorella 9 12.68%
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06-26-2014, 06:22 PM
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So Ekblad really wants to get drafted by us?
Duthie said something about that Ekblad is trying to close his ears to all the rumours about Tallon trading the #1 overall.

My guess, he's been mentally prepared to getting drafted by any of the current first three for so long, that other teams jumping in there is sort of "scaring" him.

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Duthie said something about that Ekblad is trying to close his ears to all the rumours about Tallon trading the #1 overall.

My guess, he's been mentally prepared to getting drafted by any of the current first three for so long, that other teams jumping in there is sort of "scaring" him.
Or hes scared that he might drop to the Oilers.

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06-26-2014, 06:33 PM
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Tallon is being interviewed right now by Duthie.

3 solid offers so far according to Dale. One of those is by Vancouver.

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Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 5m
Two Insider Tradings for the price of one: http://www.tsn.ca/VideoHub/?collection=72&show=388450 and http://www.tsn.ca/VideoHub/?collection=72&show=388449 Enjoy. #TSN

The ending in the first one.
"I believe that if they don't trade the pick, they'll pick Ekblad"
-"Well he hopes that happens..."

So Ekblad really wants to get drafted by us?
This is totally my own speculation, but for some reason I feel like Ekblad doesn't want to come here. I could be easily wrong, but that's just the feeling I get when I see him talking in interviews, or read what he says when the Panthers are brought up.

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Wait, we can pick more picks!

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Bob said that he really feels like the shopping of 1st overall is different compared to other years, mainly because there's no clear number 1 guy and this is more of a "positional need" draft. Emphasized the need for a scoring winger and Dale wanting to stay in the top6-8.

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This is totally my own speculation, but for some reason I feel like Ekblad doesn't want to come here. I could be easily wrong, but that's just the feeling I get when I see him talking in interviews, or read what he says when the Panthers are brought up.
I think the people prepping him learned from last year. Jones talked a lot about Colorado before they said they will pick will be MacK. I think they want him to be prepared to go anywhere so there isn't some "oh you skipped over me" storyline that pops up.

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This might also imply that he wants to go first overall. If a team like Vancouver were to get the pick, Ekblad might drop a couple of spots.

I wish we could get Kesler + 6OA for the 1OA. I would do that in a heart beat, didn't Tallon say he would heavily go after Kesler after he picked up Luo?
I don't remember seeing this anywhere, but I'd love to be proven wrong. However, I really doubt Kesler would waive to come here. I'm not gonna lie, it stung a bit to see Tampa on Kesler's list of teams he would be willing to go to from last year.

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06-26-2014, 06:44 PM
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I think the people prepping him learned from last year. Jones talked a lot about Colorado before they said they will pick will be MacK. I think they want him to be prepared to go anywhere so there isn't some "oh you skipped over me" storyline that pops up.
Good point, I didn't really think of that.

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06-26-2014, 06:45 PM
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I think the people prepping him learned from last year. Jones talked a lot about Colorado before they said they will pick will be MacK. I think they want him to be prepared to go anywhere so there isn't some "oh you skipped over me" storyline that pops up.
Yeah, and also, I wouldn't want any team, if I am in his position, to think that I DON'T want to play for it, by gushing over one team or another. This is no different than interviewing for a big job in a corporation or something. The same tactics apply.

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Buff and the #nhljets #9 pick for Florida's #1? Chatter is out there #nhl

I still prefer Kane. Throw in Howden or Shore if need be.

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06-26-2014, 07:27 PM
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Buff and the #nhljets #9 pick for Florida's #1? Chatter is out there #nhl

I still prefer Kane. Throw in Howden or Shore if need be.
Yeah, not sure how to feel about that one.

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Yeah, not sure how to feel about that one.
I have a feeling that, if legit, Tallon is really holding out for Kane here. Tomorrow can't come soon enough.

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Buff and the #nhljets #9 pick for Florida's #1? Chatter is out there #nhl

I still prefer Kane. Throw in Howden or Shore if need be.
I would be sick to my stomach if this was the offer that Tallon was considering.

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Buff and the 9th isn't even close to enough. I pray to God that that's just a rumor and nothing more.

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I would be sick to my stomach if this was the offer that Tallon was considering.
I like Buff but he is a UFA in 2 years and will be 32 years old. And dropping all the way to #9....
I'd rather take Ekblad.

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I like Buff but he is a UFA in 2 years and will be 32 years old. And dropping all the way to #9....
I'd rather take Ekblad.
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Canucks fan here!

What do Florida fans think about a potential 6th overall, Shinkaruk, + deal? + being something in the range of Hansen, Higgins, Corrado to Tanev

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Regardless of what happens, its nice knowing that this time tomorrow night our team will be significantly better than it is right now.

Exciting time to be a Panthers Fan!

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What do Florida fans think about a potential 6th overall, Shinkaruk, + deal? + being something in the range of Hansen, Higgins, Corrado to Tanev
Honestly, I'm not crazy about it. I think the point of trading down is so we get something really significant to help us in the short term, which I don't see in this trade.

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Honestly, I'm not crazy about it. I think the point of trading down is so we get something really significant to help us in the short term, which I don't see in this trade.
That's understandable.

I believe Tallon wants players to compete now, skilled wingers for the long run and is also high on Ehlers or Nylander? I do believe our offers fulfill those needs. Maybe if we threw in Garrison as the +....

I want Reinhart badddddd

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i don't think it's farfetched to see us trade the pick. there could already be a done deal in Tallon's mind just won't announce it until the actual draft. you have draft parties and the nhl rather have all the hype tomorrow night.

but u don't make a deal unless an overpayment.

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I would be sick to my stomach if this was the offer that Tallon was considering.
Yeah thats pretty putrid. I can't see Tallon biting on just that though. That has to be third or fourth on his list.

I'm thinking more and more he holds onto the pick and takes Ekblad, and brings in immediate scoring help by trading some of our young defense like he told GR. I haven't seen any "WOW" rumors from McKenzie or Dreger and if those offers haven't been made by now then they likely won't be.

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Just hoping we don't trade with the Canucks. Shinkaruk is injury prone and a good 1 or 2 years away from the NHL and anything they add in (Hansen, Corrado, Tanev, etc) doesn't interest me at all.

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