PHILADELPHIA -- Dale Tallon is on the clock, but he is checking his phone more than his watch.
The Florida Panthers general manager enters the NHL draft this weekend in an envious position. In addition to having the No. 1 pick, Tallon has at least $30 million in cap space and the OK from ownership to spend.
Tallon has also indicated he is willing to part ways with some of the young talent he's amassed in his four years in Florida.
Now, he just has to find a trading partner.
Florida's needs are clear. Finding scoring is a top priority, possibly through an upgrade at wing. The franchise could also use a booming shot from the point to revive a non-existent power play.
Where the Panthers are deep -- at least positionally -- is at center and defense. And this year's crop of top prospects are exactly that: pivots and blueliners.
Among the top-ranked skaters available: Samuel Bennett, who brings intense energy and excels in all situations; Aaron Ekblad, a solid, all-around defenseman with ...