The second day of the NHL Draft was held at United Center in Chicago on Saturday. The Florida Panthers and the 30 other National Hockey Leauge clubs made their selections from the second round to the seventh round.
Florida selected Aleksi Heponiemi in the second round with the 40th overall pick. Heponiemi compiled 28 goals and 58 assists in 72 games last season with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League. He joins fellow Finland players Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen on the Panthers.
In the third round, the Panthers picked defenseman Max Gildon with the 66th overall. He played on the United States national team development program. He had 14 points in 26 games with the Under-18 team in 2016-17.
His teammate on that squad defenseman Tyler Inamoto was chosen by the Panthers in the fifth round with the 133rd overall pick. He put together seven points in 17 games with the Under-18 team last season.
The Cats went with right wing Sebastian Repo with the 184th overall pick in the sixth round. Repo participated last season with Tappara Tampere in Finland as he got 11 goals and 21 assists in 46 games.