Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the third overall selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, to a three-year, entry level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Drouin will be participating in the Lightning’s annual development camp which kicks off tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum.
Drouin, 18, skated in 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, registering 41 goals and 105 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Mooseheads for goals, assists (64), points and shorthanded goals with four. The Ste-Agathe, Quebec native also led all Moosehead forwards with a plus-48 rating during the regular season. He ranked second in the QMJHL for points, third in assists and ranked tied for seventh for goals. Drouin also skated in 17 playoff games, recording 12 goals and 35 points with 14 penalty minutes. He helped the Mooseheads win the Memorial Cup, recording five assists in the championship game against the Portland Winterhawks.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the 2013 Development Camp roster and schedule today. The team will host 31 players consisting of 20 forwards, seven defensemen and four goaltenders. The on-ice portion of the camp will begin Saturday, July 6 and run through Wednesday, July 10 at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. The camp is free and open to the public.
The development camp will feature some of the Lightning’s top prospects competing in on and off-ice workouts, skating drills and will culminate with the annual 3-on-3 tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. The final day of the tournament will be streamed live on www.TampaBayLightning.com with live play-by-play by Lightning Radio announcer Dave Mishkin.
The third overall selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, will be at this year’s camp. All six of the Lightning’s selections from last weekend’s draft in Newark will attend the camp. Also included on the camp roster are defenseman Slater Koekkoek and goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, both former first-round picks, as well as forwards Brian Hart (2nd Round, 2012) and Nikita Kucherov (2nd Round) from the 2011 draft.
Of those players attending the camp, there are seven invitees, four players signed as free agents, and 20 draftees. The drafted players feature six from the 2013 draft, eight from the 2012 draft, four from 2011 and two from 2010.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one-year, one-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Labrie, 26, skated in 19 games with the Lightning last season, recording two goals and three points with 30 penalty minutes. He scored his first career National Hockey League goal on April 2 versus the Ottawa Senators. Labrie set career highs for games played, goals, points, plus/minus (plus-2) and penalty minutes this past season. The Baie-Comeau, Quebec native also appeared in 39 games last season with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, collecting 11 goals and 18 points with 83 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound forward has skated in 33 career NHL games with the Lightning over the past two seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 45 penalty minutes. Labrie has played in 350 career AHL games with the Manitoba Moose, Peoria Rivermen, Norfolk Admirals and Crunch, amassing 50 goals and 119 points to go along with 610 penalty minutes. He also won the Calder Cup with the Admirals in 2012.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will issue qualifying offers to three players vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. There were three players that did not receive offers from the team, making them unrestricted free agents on July 5.
The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is Tuesday. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of the first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.
Name: Joel Vermin
Position: Right Wing
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.
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.
Lacks ideal NHL size and may struggle to compete physically in North American pro leagues.
Short-term scoring line experiment