You might see some familiar names in this chart of Panther first picks:
-- Stephen Weiss, selected in 2001 when the draft was held at the Panthers arena (then called the National Car Rental Center) in Sunrise.
-- Ed Jovanovski, the first pick in 1994, who played on the '96 Cup Final team, left and is now back.
-- Erik Gudbranson, the team's top selection in 2010, who broke out during the Panthers return to the playoffs last season.
Then there are a few names that have come and gone: Marcus Nilson, Kyle Rossiter, Kenndal McArdle.
Here's year-by-year look at every top NHL Draft selection in Florida Panthers history, including those when the top pick was in the second round.
YearPlayerPos.Rd. Pick 1993 Rob Niedermayer C15 1994 Ed Jovanovski D11 1995 Radek Dvorak RW110 1996 Marcus Nilson C120 1997 Mike Brown C120 1998 Kyle Rossiter D230 1999 Denis Shvidki RW112 2000 Vladimir SapozhnikovD258 2001 Stephen Weiss C14 2002 Jay Bouwmeester D13 2003 Nathan Horton C13 2004 Rostislav Olesz C17 2005 Kenndal McArdle LW120 2006 Michael Frolik C/W110 2007 Keaton Ellerby D110 2008 Jacob Markstrom G231 2009 Dmitry Kulikov D114 2010 Erik Gudbranson D13 2011 Jonathan HuberdeauC13Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times