Draft

7th Round, #210 Overall, Justin Courtnall

With their final selection of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in the 7th round, #210 overall, acquired from Ottawa, the Lightning select:

LW Justin Courtnall, 6'3" 185 lbs, Burnaby (BCHL)
53 GP, 5-9-14, 69 PIM

Justin is the son of former NHL player Geoff Courtnall and nephew of former NHLer Russ Courtnall. Was drafted by Kelowna in the 11th round of the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft but has elected to stay in high school and pursue the college route. He was loaned to Burnaby by Victoria last season where he put up modest numbers. Is considered to be a good skater with good hands, but his numbers don't reflect it. Will play for Victoria in the BCHL next season. No word on his college options at this time.

Rankings:
NHL CSS: #181 (North American Skaters)

7th Round, #197 Overall, Michael Ward

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.

Rankings:
NHL CSS: #156 (North American Skaters)

7th Round, #183 Overall, Torrie Jung

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.

Rankings:
NHL CSS: #24 (North American Goaltenders)

6th Round, #167 Overall, Johan Harju

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.

5th Round, #150 Overall, Matt Marshall

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.

Rankings:
NHL CSS: #63 (North American Skaters)

The Lightning have also acquired two additional 7th round picks in the trade: #183 and #210 overall.

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