Draft

Possible Draft Targets for Syracuse

For those paying attention to the past three drafts by Steve Yzerman and Al Murray, the Tampa brain trust seems to cast an eye on at least one juniors or European player that can provide immediate help to the AHL affiliate or at least fast tracked to help the following season.

2013 NHL Entry Draft: 7th Round, 186th Overall

Name: Joel Vermin
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 192 lbs
Club: Bern (SUI)

Tampa Bay closes out their draft with the third overage prospect they've selected in this draft, which is an indication of having a thin list for the back end of their board.

Strengths:
Highly skilled forward with excellent puckhandling ability. Quick hands help him finish well in tight around the net. Quick skater. Just a quick little offensive forward. Has a ton of experience with Switzerland's junior program and Bern in Switzerland's NLA league.

Weaknesses:
Lacks ideal NHL size and may struggle to compete physically in North American pro leagues.

Projection:
Short-term scoring line experiment

2013 NHL Entry Draft: 6th Round, 154th Overall

Name: Henri Ikonen
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 198 lbs
Club: Kingston (OHL)

Tampa Bay makes another overage prospect selection in the form of 19 year old Finnish winger Henri Ikonen, who played for Kingston in the OHL last season.

Strengths:
Hard working winger is a decent skater with above average skill. Solid compete level and proved he could score in Canadian juniors posting 22 goals and 51 points in 61 games with the Frontenacs, which led them in scoring. He's also fairly competent in the defensive third, as well.

Weaknesses:
Average NHL size, and doesn't blow you away with his speed or skill level. Likely returning to the Finnish SM-liiga next season.

Projection:
Checking line depth winger

Comparison:
A poor man's Sean Bergenheim

2013 NHL Entry Draft: 5th Round, 124th Overall

Name: Kristers Gudlevskis
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 189 lbs
Club: Riga (RUS)

The Lightning go with an overage, 20 year old goaltender out of Latvia. Is it a move to address goaltending in Syracuse next season?

Strengths:
Good size is always at a premium between the pipes, and Gudlevskis is aggressive positionally at cutting down angles and hard to beat in close. Gudlevskis also already has a lot on international experience for Latvia at the tender age of 20 with appearances in the U18, U20, and Men's World Championships for his country.

Weaknesses:
Prone to allow the occasional soft goal and can be beaten from distance. Playing in the Russian league is not the ideal developmental situation for young goaltenders, so getting him into the AHL is important.

Projection:
Depth goaltender

Comparison:
Devan Dubnyk

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