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Matt Marshall Pre-Draft Video

The Lightning traded a 2008 fourth round pick in order to grab Marshall at the end of the fifth round. He's regarded as one of the best skaters in the draft.

From the Patriot-Ledger:
(Is it possible to wait until the zamboni has left the ice before conducting the interview?)

Jung Reacts to Draft Day

In a Nanaimo (BC) News Bulletin story today, Lightning 2007 seventh round draft pick Torrie Jung gave his reactions to being drafted.

“It’s definitely the most exciting thing I’ve ever gone through,” Jung told the newspaper.

Jung is a native of Nanaimo, "The Harbour City," located on the west side of Victoria Island across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver in British Columbia.

The News Bulletin reported Jung was watching TV on Saturday when Tampa’s chief scout, Jake Goertzen, called to tell him the news and offer congratulations.

Red Line's Take on the Lightning's Draft Picks

Remind me next year to order Red Line three weeks before draft day instead of two...

Anyway, looking through Red Line's draft guide there are a lot of positives for the Lightning coming out of this draft. Here's how they had the picks the Lightning took rated and, where given, the short blurb about each:

#30 Dana Tyrell: "Love his speed, smarts, and competitiveness."
#54 Luca Cunti: "It's a team game, Luca. It's not all about you."
#62 Alexander Killorn: "Blazing fast playmaker. Stock rising like gas prices."
#100 Mitch Fadden: "Dynamic scorer should've been taken last year."
#160 Matt Marshall: "Bull in a china shop, but has no hands or finesse."
#207 Torrie Jung
#290 Michael Ward

NR Johan Harju
NR Justin Courtnall

Tyrell Pre-Draft Video

The following video file is from the Prince George News cable television, and was shot pre-draft, post-combine.

Tyrell missed being the highest Cougar ever taken by about 12 picks. Blair Betts had him beat.

(Of interest: Some Vlad Mihalik [27] sightings on here, including once at the beginning where he dwarfs Tyrell [19], and once at the end with him standing moving into the crease on the PP)

Cunti on College, the CHL, and Possibly Turning Pro (Updated)

In a USCHO feature yesterday, Lightning third round pick Luca Cunti gave his thoughts on where in North America he could possibly be playing next year.

As of right now, most signs point to college.

"I need some education," Cunti told USCHO. "I am talking to St. Cloud and Clarkson and a few others, but these two are now the most important. I just want to have some school, so I am thinking of school now."

Unless, of course, he's offered a pro deal.

Cunti said he'd know within two weeks which way he'll go, because "It depends on what [Tampa Bay] will offer me."

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