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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.

Bolts Renew Vet Blueliner Coburn for Two More

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a two-year contract worth an AAV of $1.7 million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Coburn, 34, played in 74 games with the Lightning in 2018-19, recording four goals and 23 points with a plus-4 rating. His 19 assists and 23 points were the most he’s registered in his four full seasons in Tampa Bay. Coburn ranked third on the team among defensemen for games played and was fourth for points. He skated in two Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2019 and notched one assist while averaging 17:08 in ice time per game.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 924 career NHL games with the Bolts, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers, posting 48 goals and 228 points to go along with 690 penalty minutes. He set career highs for goals (nine), assists (27) and points (36) during the 2007-08 season while with the Flyers. Coburn has also skated in 134 career postseason games, collecting three goals and 29 points. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Lightning’s first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in 2015.

Coburn has represented Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on two different occasions, capturing the Silver Medal in 2009. He also represented Team Canada at the World Jr. Championships twice, winning a Gold Medal in 2005 and a Silver Medal in 2004.

Coburn was originally selected by the Thrashers in the first round, eighth overall, at the 2003 NHL Draft.

Lighting Announce a Pair of Organizational Moves

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

Gaunce, 29, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 regular season, posting seven penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating. Gaunce made his Lightning debut on April 1 against the Ottawa Senators, recording seven penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 34 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bolts over four seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 43 penalty minutes.

The Sudbury, Ontario native also appeared in 59 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2018-19 season, recording 10 goals and 46 points to go along with 65 penalty minutes. He ranked first among all Syracuse defensemen for goals, assists and points. Gaunce also ranked sixth in the AHL among defensemen for assists and tied for seventh for points. He also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games for Syracuse, posting a pair of assists.

Gaunce has skated in 594 career AHL games with the Cleveland Monsters, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates, Texas Stars and Crunch, collecting 34 goals and 217 points. He helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in 2014, skating in 18 postseason games, recording four assists and a plus-6 rating.

Gaunce was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Lightning have also acquired the Nashville Predators’ seventh-round selection in 2021 in exchange for goaltender Connor Ingram, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Ingram was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round, 88th overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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