Dale Tallon changed the future of the franchise in a couple of days with some crafty moves that turned into 13 picks in the NHL Entry Draft. After all said and done, the Panthers had three new first rounders, and two second rounders that most experts predicted would be picked in the first round.
Tallon also added two more former first round picks while trading Keith Ballard to the Canucks.
Tallon showed that you can change the face of a franchise in one year. Proceeding through the draft instead of trying to make the quick fix (a la Brian Burke), is the way to do it.
While Burke still won’t make the playoffs this year and won’t have a first rounder next year, the Panthers will be moving into prominence with all of their newfound depth.
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Written by Marvin Miller
Freelance Sportswriter for many years. Hockey coach for 10 years up to Bantam AA. Certified Level 2 in both hockey and racquetball. Works now as a Senior Technical Writer. Hobbies, racquetball, playing guitar, and following hockey, particularly the NHL Draft.