The Florida Panthers have just become a little bit more believable as an NHL franchise with the acquistion of Tomas Vokoun from the Predators. Vokoun goes to Miami in exchange for three picks... an undetermined first rounder and two second round picks.
In Vokoun, the Panthers have their new number one goaltender for 2007/08. Both Ed Belfour and Alex Auld will become Unrestricted Free Agents on July 1 and with Vokoun in the mix, it'll be hard to believe that the Panthers will retain the services of at least one of them.
Vokoun won 27 games last season even after sitting out with a broken thumb. When he was out, Chris Mason took over as the starting goalie for the Predators and was somewhat of a standout... obviously enough so that he will be the number one keeper going into camp.
Vokoun's numbers are sure to go up next season with the increase of defense in Florida, plus the increase in games (barring injury), so he'll be a very good pick if you manage to sneak him in the second or even third round of your pool draft.
It is still undetermined, but if Florida has dealt their pick for this year, it'll be a 10th overall selection for the Predators in exchange and they could be in line for a player like Brandon Sutter, Logan Couture or Keaton Ellerby.
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