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Panthers confident in No. 1 pick -- whomever it is

Florida's management consideres the top NHL draft prospects as 1, 1A and 1B.

Updated: June 21, 2002, 11:49 PM ET
Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have it narrowed down to three: defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, left wing Rick Nash or goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

The Panthers say they will select one of those 18-year-olds with the No. 1 pick in Saturday's NHL draft in Toronto.

"We really think there are three assets in this draft that are very, very close," general manager Rick Dudley said. "I don't think you can say this one or this one is the best. Our choice is which one of the wonderful ...

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