It seemed only fitting that after a disastrous season in which the injury-decimated Panthers went from Southeast Division champions to the bottom of the NHL, their bad luck would continue in the nationally televised draft lottery Monday night.

Despite holding the best odds at 25 percent to land the overall No. 1 pick of the June 30th draft, the Panthers wound up with the second pick for the first time in franchise history.

The Panthers have had three No. 1 picks, but only used it once in 1994 when they selected defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who's in his second stint with Florida.

They've had the third pick in two of the past three drafts, and selected defenseman Erik Gudbranson in 2010 and forward Jonathan Huberdeau in 2011.

For the first time in league history all 14 non-playoff teams had a chance to land the top pick. Last year if the Panthers were 30th in the standings they would've had a 48.2 percent chance to nab the top choice. The Panthers and Colorado Avalance were the only teams in the lottery to not maintain their draft position.