Lightning Sign Lundin

Lightning Press Release:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Mike Lundin to a two-year, entry level contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

Lundin, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, spent the 2006-07 season with the University of Maine Black Bears. During his senior year he played in all 40 games and scored six goals with a total of 20 points. He tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman and ranked second in points by defensemen. Lundin scored five goals on the power play and ranked first on the team among defensemen, tied for sixth overall. He set career highs for goals, points and power-play goals.

"Mike Lundin has very good offensive skills and skates very well,” Feaster said. “He is a skilled player who makes a good first pass and sees the ice really well. He already has many of the qualities we are looking for in terms of being able to play in the NHL. Now that he has turned pro he needs to get stronger and he needs to raise his intensity level to match the pro game. We look forward to seeing how he handles the pace and intensity of training camp."

The defenseman played 160 games with Maine during his four-year career, recording 13 goals and 68 points. He also tallied eight power-play goals.

Lundin, 22, was selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth-round, 102nd overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

BP Note: With the hoard of defensemen in the Lightning's system at the present moment, it's most likely Lundin will be in a battle for a final pairing spot in Norfolk come October. Although he has his maturity in his favor, Lundin will probably begin the year in Mississippi as those ahead of him have more professional experience.