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SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Panthers selected Henrik Borgstrom with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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Borgstrom sat through the entire 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was passed over by every team. But the wait was well worth it as the 6-foot-3, 183-pound Finnish center became a first-rounder on Friday.

You might recall the Panthers did fairly well the last time they drafted a Finnish center. Aleksander Barkov, the 2nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, had a career-high 28 goals and 59 points in the 2016 season.

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Borgstrom is a good offensive performer who had a huge year (29 goals, 55 points in 40 games) for HIFK’s U20 team in Finland.

However, he’s relatively weak from a physical standpoint and he needs to put some serious muscle on his frame in order to be successful in North America.

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From a pure talent standpoint, Borgstrom will be ready to play a useful role for the University of Denver from the day he steps on campus.