Monday, May 25, 2009

Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Preview

First Round Position: 2nd

Best Picks of last 3 Years:
Steven Stamkos (C) - 1st 2008
Dustin Tokarski (G) - 5th 2008
Dana Tyrell (C) - 2nd 2007
Luca Cunti (LW) - 3rd 2007
Riku Helenius (G) - 1st 2006

Coming Down the Pipe:
So far The Bolts have 86 man games to show for their last 3 drafts with last year’s first overall pick Steven Stamkos contributing 79 of them. Goaltender Riku Helenius has played one game while fellow 2006 pick Kevin Quick has suited up 6 times on the blueline. If you include the 2005 draft there are only 41 more games from Tamp draft picks. This could have a lot to do with the fact that Tampa Bay has traded away quite a few picks over the years. They didn’t have a 2nd 3rd, or 4th round pick last year. Dealt their first round pick in 2007 and were skipped in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. The Lightning desperately need a #1 Dman after dealing Dan Boyle as well as most of what they received for Dan Boyle last year.

Draft Trends - Tampa hasn’t taken a Q player in the first round since Vinny Lecavalier in 1998. This is the 6th time in team history that Tampa has drafted in the top 3.

Millard: Victor Hedman-Tampa dealt Dan Boyle last year and have traded most of what they received in return. The bolts need a blueliner more than a forward and Hedman is a perfect fit.

Flaming: John Tavares – Whether it’s the Bolts or the Toronto Maple Leafs who trade up to this spot, I expect the OHL scoring machine doesn’t fall any farther than this.

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