Draft

Draft History Statistics Updated

The Draft History page has been updated to reflect 2006-2007's regular season statistics.

Fun fact: while current Florida Panther Chris Gratton holds the career Lightning draft pick mark for NHL games played (1,008), he was surpassed this season by Vincent Lecavalier in career NHL goals (233). Roman Hamrlik still holds the mark for assists (374). Gratton is second (340), then Brad Richards (306), then Daymond Langkow (296). Gratton also holds the mark for career points (544) although his lead is a scant 34 points ahead of Lecavalier (510), who passed Hamrlik (505) this season. Lecavalier and Richards have played just 629 and 490 NHL games, for comparison purposes.

Not so fun fact: in just one season Columbus' Fredrik Norrena swept the Lightning draft pick career marks for games played (55) and wins (24) away from Zac Bierk (47 games played, 9 wins). Norrena became the first Lightning draft pick ever to reach double digits in wins. How sad is that?

More inside the numbers...

Trade Summary

Here is a summary of the day's trades from the [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=909]Lightning draft press release[/url]:

John Wessbecker

With their final selection in the draft the Lightning selected D John Wessbecker out of Blake (USHS). The native of Victoria, Minnesota is considered a mobile, physical defenseman with great character. [url=http://umassathletics.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/052505aaa.html]He is committed to the University of Massachussetts[/url].

Summary of Lightning Picks

Here is a summary of [url=http://www.nhl.com/nhlonline/nhl?service=direct&context=DraftStats%2FteamForm&sp=S0&team=T.B&year=2005&location=%2Fdraft&Form0=0]today's eight selections in the 2005 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning[/url]:

Chris Lawrence

One pick NHL.com apparently missed was the 3rd round selection of C [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospect.php?pid=4293]Chris Lawrence[/url] out of Sault Ste Marie of the OHL. At 6'4" 199 lbs. Lawrence is a riddle wrapped inside a mystery wrapped inside of an enigma. Even the misreporting of his selection on the NHL and Tampabaylightning.com site should tell you how much of a question mark this player is.
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