It looks as though the Florida Panthers are open to trading the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was a guest on Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Thursday, and talked about his willingness to deal the coveted asset:
"Well why not?" he said in the interview. "I'm looking at everything. I'm open for business. 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."
Of course, if he can leverage the first pick into a dynamite package of players he'll do so, but he isn't sitting back and waiting for offers. When asked if he was planning on actively shopping the pick, Tallon answered in the affirmative.
"Yes, I definitely will," Tallon said. "Especially this year."
The Panthers used the second pick in 2013 to take talented Finnish centerman Aleksander Barkov. In 54 games during his rookie campaign, Barkov notched eight goals and 24 points.