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2019 NHL Draft Snap Reaction

Most organizations fresh off the disappointment of a first round playoff sweep in a year of unprecedented expectations might've limped quietly into the NHL Draft. Not the Tampa Bay Lightning. Armed with a sizable to-do list and a handful of draft picks, the Lightning systematically checked off each task en route to a successful weekend in Vancouver.

Seventh Round - Two Hundred Thirteenth Overall: W/C McKade Webster

Name: McKade Webster
Position: RW/C
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 167 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Green Bay (USHL)

The Lightning take a really nice low risk high reward pick in McKade Webster to round out their draft. Webster came to the USHL from the storied Shattuck's St. Mary's program where he was a prolific point a game player. Much was expected of Webster this season heading into his second year in the tight checking USHL ranks, but an injury held him to just six games. Webster is committed to the prestigious University of Denver program, which recruited him because of his excellent skating, stickhandling, and playmaking ability. Upon getting Webster's commitment, DU assistant coach Tavis MacMillan said, "McKade is a cerebral, playmaking winger. His deft touch and stickhandling abilities enable him to put pucks into space or make crisp passes depending upon the situation. McKade is a proven offensive producer at every level with the ability to control the pace of the game when the puck is on his stick. He is another gifted offensive player who will fit in very well with the tempo and style of game we play at DU.”

Pros:
- Excellent skater
- Gifted playmaker who controls game pace with his puckhandling and creativity

Cons:
- Lost a season of development due to injury
- Needs to bulk up at just 167 lbs.

Projection:
- Another really exciting scoring line NCAA project for the Lightning organization

Seventh Round - One Hundred Ninety-Eighth Overal: LW Mikhail Shalagin

Name: Mikhail Shalagin
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Spartak Jr. (RUS Jr.)

A man among boys in the Russian junior league, 19 year old Mikhail Shalagin put up a league record 48 goals in the MHL this past season. An enormous young man at 6'4" 185 lbs., Shalagin brings all the offensive flair to the table you'd expect from a smaller Russian player in a larger, fun-sized frame. The lone knock on Shalagin is a heavy first step and it'll be interesting to see if he continues to produce against better competition that he sees in the uneven MHL ranks.

Pros:
- Large man with a frame that can pack on even more muscle
- Skillset of a smaller player with excellent finishing touch

Cons:
- Heavy first step and needs to work on his skating
- Hasn't played against top-flight competition yet

Projection:
- Could be a steal of a scoring line power forward

Sixth Round - One Hundred Eighty-Second Overall: D Quinn Schmiemann

Name: Quinn Schmiemann
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Kamloops (WHL)

The Lightning continued to replenish their blueline pipeline taking a flyer on very young defender Quinn Schmiemann out of Kamloops in the WHL. The 17 year old was a regular in the Blazers lineup known for being extremely responsible positionally and for his excellent mobility. Schmiemann is not considered to be overly adventurous offensively, but he did put up a respectable 28 points in 58 games in his first full campaign in the WHL. The biggest knock on Schmiemann is that, although he does have a decent frame with room to fill out, he's somewhat soft along the wall and in the physical game.

Pros:
- Excellent mobility
- Intelligent defensive positioning
- Responsible in coverage
- Younger prospect with plenty of time to develop

Cons:
- Needs to fill out his body
- Not overly assertive physically
- Not overly assertive offensively

Projection:
- Bottom pair project

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