Over the last three drafts, the Florida Panthers managed to stockpile an incredible array of young prospects. Some top-flight prospects such as former third-overall draft pick Jonathan Huberdeau, Quinton Howden, and Alex Petrovic will make their official professional debuts this fall. Other top prospects like Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Rau, and Corban Knight will return to their college programs, ready to resume their quests for a national title.
1. (1) Jonathan Huberdeau, C, 8.5B
Drafted 1st round, 3rd overall, 2011
The summer began with disappointment for the young Saint John forward after his team lost in overtime in the Memorial Cup championship game, but summer could end with Huberdeau pulling on a Panthers sweater and a rousing opening night introduction to the NHL. Huberdeau has shown that he has nothing left to gain from playing junior hockey and is all but guaranteed a spot in the Florida lineup when the season starts.