With their 7th round pick, #197 overall, the Lightning select:
D Michael Ward, 6'2" 180 lbs, Lewiston (QMJHL)
58 GP, 0-7-7, 39 PIM
Ward is a mobile stay-at-home defenseman who was picked by Lewiston at the top of the second round in the 2006 QMJHL entry draft. Lewiston traded its second and third round pick to move up to take him at No.22 overall. Ward hasn't exhibited much offensive game to this point in his career, but neither had Paul Ranger at this age. Lewiston won the QMJHL championship this year, losing only one game in the QMJHL playoffs. The MAINEiacs went 1-3 at the Memorial Cup. Ward played in three Memorial Cup games, going scoreless.
NHL CSS: #156 (North American Skaters)
With the #183 pick overall in the 7th round, acquired from Ottawa, the Lightning select:
G Torrie Jung, 6'1" 170 lbs, Kelowna (WHL)
33 GP, 8-15-7, 1 SO, 3.46 GAA, .896 sv%
Jung served as backup to Kristofer Westblom this year in Kelowna but will probably assume starting duties next year for the Rockets. He's an athletic goaltender who is reasonably well schooled and was considered one of the best Western Canadian goaltenders in his age group but did not play in Kelowna until midway through the season. As he gets playing time, he'll no doubt start to develop to his potential.
NHL CSS: #24 (North American Goaltenders)
With their 6th round pick, #167 overall, the Lightning select:
LW/C Johan Harju, 6'3" 205 lbs, Lulea (SWE)
55 GP, 12-10-22, 30 PIM
Harju is an overage prospect who spent last season in the Swedish Elitserien with Lulea playing on a team with former NHLers Mikael Renberg and Lubos Bartecko. He finished 8th on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 22 points in 55 games. Played primarily on the team's third line during the regular season. Had 2 goals in 4 playoff games and moved up to Lulea's top two lines to play center in the postseason. Can play center and wing. Could be signed and play in Norfolk next season.
There has been a trade. The Lightning have traded Dallas' 4th round pick in next years draft acquired in the Sydor trade to Ottawa for a bundle of three picks including #150 in the 5th round.
The Lightning select:
C/RW Matt Marshall, 6'1" 175 lbs, Nobles (USHS)
27 GP, 14-10-24, 8 PIM
Like Fadden, Marshall was passed over in last year's draft. He possesses good speed and plays more of a two-way game. Isn't afraid to take the body. Not a pure offensive talent and needs to grow into that part of his game. Played some point on the power play for Nobles. Excellent defensively. Tireless worker. Played center all year for Nobles but considers himself a natural winger. Committed to Vermont of the Hockey East but will play one more year at Nobles before heading to the NCAA, although his USHL rights are held by Waterloo who drafted him #78 overall in the USHL Entry Draft.
NHL CSS: #63 (North American Skaters)
The Lightning have also acquired two additional 7th round picks in the trade: #183 and #210 overall.
With their 4th round pick, #107 overall, the Lightning select:
C Mitch Fadden, 6'0" 174 lbs, Lethbridge (WHL)
71 GP, 36-48-84, 54 PIM
The Lightning go for an overage player by selecting talented center Mitch Fadden out of Lethbridge who was passed over in last year's draft after a disappointing season in which he was dumped by Seattle to Lethbridge in the WHL. At 16-17 Fadden was considered a top talent but his dispassionate play saw him fall so far out of favor that no team even touched him in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. 2006-2007, however, was a season of redemption for Fadden who was second on the Hurricanes in scoring with an impressive 36 goals and 84 points in 71 games, good for 7th in the WHL in scoring. Fadden has a good all around game and is considered a talented pure sniper. The question is whether or not his motivation issues will resurface. He could be one of the bigger steals of this draft as he was considered a lottery pick type talent before falling off the map last season. Skill doesn't evaporate though and the move to Lethbridge seems to have suited Fadden.
NHL CSS: #51 (North American Skaters)