The Florida Panthers may have earned the right to pick first overall in this June’s NHL Entry Draft by winning the Draft Lottery last month, but that doesn’t mean they are going to use that pick.
According to general manager Dale Tallon himself, the Panthers will “definitely” be shopping the number one pick.
“I’m open for business,” Tallon told Sportsnet’s Fan 590. “You have three options, you either take it, move back, or trade it. So that’s what we’re looking at. What’s the best deal for our future, that’s the key.”
When asked if he specifically will be actively looking to deal the pick, Tallon didn’t hold back.
“I definitely will [be shopping it], especially this year,” he explained. “We had a couple of nibbles the day after we won [the lottery]. There were a couple guys calling to bust my chops, asking ‘what are you going to do?’ And that’s fine. It’s a good thing.”
The NHL Entry Draft is June 27-28 in Philadelphia.
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