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Panthers get fourth No. 1 pick

Updated: April 16, 2014, 12:07 AM ET
Associated Press

NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year.

In the meantime, chalk up yet another loss for the Buffalo Sabres.

The Panthers bucked the odds Tuesday by jumping up a spot and earned the right to the top pick in June. Florida, which finished 29th in the league, vaulted ahead of the last-place Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery, held in Toronto.

"It means a lot to us. We've very excited," said Travis Viola, Panthers ...

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