How Dale Tallon can rebuild Panthers

Updated: March 30, 2011, 3:41 PM ET
By Alvin Chang

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has rebuilt a team before.

As GM of the Chicago Blackhawks, he traded for Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg; he drafted Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson; he signed Brian Campbell and Marian Hossa. And, ultimately, those players were the core of a team that won the Stanley Cup last season.

So he can do it again, right?

Yes, but not in the way that you think.

Thus far in Florida, Tallon has cleaned house and left a plethora of draft picks in his pocket. Last year, he had six selections in the top 50 picks -- including three first-rounders. This season, he has seven picks in the first three rounds. Stockpiling draft picks isn't a new idea for rebuilding teams; what's supposed to be different for the Panthers is Tallon's knack for finding talent. However, there's one problem with that idea.

He wasn't a brilliant draft manager in Chicago.