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Third Round - Seventy-First Overall: G Hugo Alnefelt

Name: Hugo Alnefelt
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Catches: Left
Club: HV-71 J20 (SWE Jr.)

For the second straight year the Lightning get a moldable piece of clay out of the Swedish junior ranks for Frantz Jean to work with. In this case, lanky and athletic netminder Hugo Alnefelt from HV-71's program. Alnefelt led Sweden's U-18 club to gold this past season and ended up ranked second by NHL CSS among European backstops. Currently, Alnefelt relies on his size and positioning to make himself big and allow pucks to hit him. Timing has been questioned and he has a tendency to go down in his stance too soon and his rebound control is very subpar. The tools are there, though. Enough so that some in the scouting community feel Alnefelt projects as a future backup who can spot as a NHL starter if pressed into service.

Pros:
- Excellent size and athleticism
- Calm in his positioning
- One of the younger goaltenders in this draft class with time to develop

Cons:
- Unpolished raw material
- Struggles with timing and goes down too early at times
- Rebound control is poor and needs a defense that is good at clearing his front porch

Projection:
- NHL backup

Bolts Flip JT Miller to Vancouver for Picks and Prospect

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a conditional first-round pick in 2020, a third-round selection in 2019 (71st overall) and goaltender Marek Mazanec from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward J.T. Miller.

Should the Canucks not make the playoffs in 2019-20, the first-round selection will move to the 2021 draft.

First Round - 27th Overall: LW Nolan Foote

Name: Nolan Foote
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Kelowna (WHL)

The Lightning decided to keep their 2019 first rounder in the family by selecting left winger Nolan Foote, brother of 2017 first rounder Cal Foote. A power winger by trade, Foote's calling cards are his strength, blistering shot, and a mature 200 foot game that is advanced for most prospects his age. Foote's 36 goals and 63 points in 66 games were less than a point a game, which is a bit of a concern, but it's important to note that production came even as he played part of the campaign with a broken wrist. A high-floor player who is a safe pick that is likely to make the NHL due to his bloodlines and well-rounded game, Foote has drawn comparisons to NHL'er Charlie Coyle. The lone knock on Foote? He's been flagged for a lack of first step acceleration that some in the scouting community charge to a flaw in his skating mechanics, whereas others feel he just may not have always been engaged this past season and may have been a bit bored in his third season of junior hockey. We suspect the truth lies somewhere in between. Fortunately, both issues are correctable, to a degree, and Foote's style of play has come in demand for the Lightning as they come to grips with the fact the postseason may require heavier players capable of fighting through playoff clutching and grabbing.

Pros:
- Excellent size and strength capable of driving hard to the next
- Extremely heavy, overpowering shot
- Mature positionally with a good 200 foot game
- Shows toughness/high pain threshold

Cons:
- First step acceleration likely needs further development
- Accused of being bored at times with the junior hockey level

Projection:
- Solid two-way third line winger capable of spotting on a scoring line as a complementary winger

Lightning Re-Sign Depth Forward Daniel Walcott

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Daniel Walcott to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Walcott, 25, skated in five games for the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, posting 10 penalty minutes. He missed 71 games due to a shoulder injury he suffered with the Lightning at the beginning of the 2018 preseason.

The Ile Perrot, Quebec native has appeared in 185 career AHL games with the Crunch and Hartford Wolf Pack, posting 11 goals and 44 points to go along with 202 penalty minutes. Walcott served as an assistant captain for the Crunch during the 2017-18 season. The 5-foot-11, 174-pound defenseman recorded career highs for goals (five) and points (16).

The Lightning acquired Walcott's rights from the New York Rangers on June 1, 2015 in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2015.

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