The Florida Panthers used their first-round pick to select Owen Tippett in the 2017 NHL draft on Friday.
Tippett had 75 points while playing right wing for Mississauga in 2016-17. The 18-year old brings some potential to the organization for Florida and the Panthers used their valuable tenth overall pick to get him.
For this draft, the National Hockey League is posting little known facts about each player chosen. While some other leagues such as the National Football League have more well known names drafted, the NHL players can be obscure to some at times. Tippett's bio has some intriguing points in it, that could point to the type of player he will be in the NHL.
Tippett's dream is to play at the highest level of hockey possible and he now should have that opportunity at some point. While it may take a little time for Tippett to skate on the ice in Sunrise in a regular season game, the day is likely to arrive.
The league also has a little bit of a scouting report for each player selected on Friday evening. For Tippett, his speed is the main focus on the report. Tippett is listed as not only the one of the best skaters in the draft, but is high on the shooter list as well. For a Florida team that lacked depth during 2016-17, this is a welcome and encouraging sign.
Florida's next selection is scheduled to be the 40th pick overall during the second round. The Panthers will also have selections during the third, fourth and fifth rounds.