Florida Panthers 2018 Draft Review and Development Camp Updates

Jokke Nevalainen


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Draft Review


Going into the draft, the Panthers only had a total of five draft picks because they had previously traded away their own draft picks from rounds two through five. But they had also acquired a second-round pick from Arizona and a seventh-round pick from San Jose. On the second day of the draft, they sent their 2019 third-round pick to Nashville in exchange for their third-round pick in the 2018 draft, so they ended up making a total of six selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.


Round 1 – 15th overall: Grigori Denisenko, LW


The Panthers drafted a very talented winger when they selected Denisenko in the first round. If we only look at offensive upside, Denisenko is one of the best in the entire draft class. Denisenko spent last season playing in the Russian junior league and his numbers don’t jump at you but there’s a ton of offensive talent there. He’s not big (5-11, 172) but he plays bigger than his size. He’s had discipline issues in the past which is something he needs to work on – but that can also mean a good amount of penalty minutes in fantasy hockey leagues that use them.


Here’s how Florida GM Dale Tallon described Denisenko in a feature article at NHL.com: “He’s just a dynamic, explosive, skilled guy. He’s just one of those kids that’s a special winger. Gets into traffic quickly and he’s explosive in traffic and can score and make plays. He’s very creative, very fast.” And the praising didn’t end there – Panthers director of player