Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce is familiar with the usual posturing that takes place leading up to the NHL draft.

He said he expects the drama to be ramped up even more in the weeks ahead since Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted his willingness to shop the No. 1 pick for the right price. The 2014 NHL Draft is June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The Panthers finished 29th in the League standings and won the first pick at the NHL Draft Lottery in April. Tallon made public his willingness to trade the pick in May on a radio interview on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Florida has won the lottery three times; in 2002 and 2003 Florida won it and traded the pick.

"The one thing that Dale does very well is he interacts with his scouting staff both pro and amateur with regard to what's coming up the pipeline and he does a great job managing the assets that we put forth to him," Luce told NHL.com. "There's no question that if the right deal were to come along Dale would definitely pull the trigger, but it will be a high price because it's the first overall pick.

"In the end it all comes down to basic asset management and Dale said that the pick is available for the right price. So we'll listen to the offers and see if the right price does come along."

The Panthers have picked in the top 15 of the draft 15 times in their 20-year history, with eight picks among the top five. The franchise has held a top-three pick in four of the past five years, but hasn't picked No. 1 since selecting defenseman Ed Jovanovski in 1994.

The managerial and scouting team are doing their due diligence at the NHL Scouting Combine this week. The club scheduled interviews with the top three players on NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters eligible for this year's draft: No. 1 center Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs, No. 2 defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts and No. 3 center Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, as well as the top-ranked goalie in North America, Boston College freshman Thatcher Demko.