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Panthers win 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, first overall pick

Bill Daly (Photo: Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers won the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday, granting the team the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Florida had an 18.8 per cent chance of winning the draft lottery, second only to the Buffalo Sabres' 25 per cent odds. Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad is the top-ranked prospect heading into the draft. Full Story.(Photo: Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Aaron Ekblad (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Still On Top

Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad is still No. 1 on TSN's Lottery Edition Prospects ranking. In a survey of 12 NHL team scouts by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Ekblad garnered seven first-place votes, ahead of the three cast for second-ranked Kootenay Ice centre Sam Reinhart. Kingston Frontenacs centre Sam Bennett had two votes, putting him in third. Full Story.

Aaron Ekblad (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

With The First Pick

With the order of the first 13 for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft now set, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button put together a mock draft for the lottery teams. Button believes the Florida Panthers will take Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick. Ekblad had 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points in 58 games this season in the Ontario Hockey League. Full Story.

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