Fourth Round - One Hundred Twentieth Overall: D Max Crozier

Name: Max Crozier
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Sioux Falls (USHL)

The Lightning keep to pattern by spending a mid-round pick on overage prospect Max Crozier out of the USHL. The late blooming 19 year old is committed to Providence College and, after being passed over last year, made significant strides this past year. With excellent mobility and a decent skillset as an offensive-minded defenseman, Crozier had been a classic "tools but no toolbox" player until things started to click the second half of this year. He also possesses a decent-sized frame and strength and has a penchant for mixing it up in scrums. Ranked Red Line Report's #5 mid-round sleeper worth a look, he had 10 goals and 43 points with the Stampede this year.

Pros:
- Should be in a good developmental spot with Providence next year
- Good mobility
- Above average skillset, especially on the power play
- Not a shrinking violet in scrums

Cons:
- Consistency has been an issue throughout his career as well as focus
- Has a tendency to play undisciplined physically and can get baited into bad penalties

Projection:
-Interesting bottom four two-way defenseman project

Third Round - Eighty-Ninth Overall: RW Maxim Cajkovic

Name: Maxim Cajkovic
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Saint John (OMJHL)

The Lightning take a high risk/reward prospect with once touted Slovakian winger Maxim Cajkovic. Coming into the year he was anticipated to be a first rounder but he slid after struggling badly in his adjustment to Canadian junior hockey. He has a great shot and good speed, but struggled mightily on a bad team. Didn't react well to adversity and got himself banished to the press box as a healthy scratch early in the campaign. The talent is there, but the attitude and coachability are a concern.

Pros:
- Excellent shot
- Good skater
- Lottery pick skill level

Cons:
- Poor developmental environment in Saint John
- Attitude and mental toughness to deal with adversity are a question

Projection:
- Scoring line winger in the NHL... or the KHL

Third Round - Seventy-First Overall: G Hugo Alnefelt

Name: Hugo Alnefelt
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Catches: Left
Club: HV-71 J20 (SWE Jr.)

For the second straight year the Lightning get a moldable piece of clay out of the Swedish junior ranks for Frantz Jean to work with. In this case, lanky and athletic netminder Hugo Alnefelt from HV-71's program. Alnefelt led Sweden's U-18 club to gold this past season and ended up ranked second by NHL CSS among European backstops. Currently, Alnefelt relies on his size and positioning to make himself big and allow pucks to hit him. Timing has been questioned and he has a tendency to go down in his stance too soon and his rebound control is very subpar. The tools are there, though. Enough so that some in the scouting community feel Alnefelt projects as a future backup who can spot as a NHL starter if pressed into service.

Pros:
- Excellent size and athleticism
- Calm in his positioning
- One of the younger goaltenders in this draft class with time to develop

Cons:
- Unpolished raw material
- Struggles with timing and goes down too early at times
- Rebound control is poor and needs a defense that is good at clearing his front porch

Projection:
- NHL backup

Bolts Flip JT Miller to Vancouver for Picks and Prospect

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a conditional first-round pick in 2020, a third-round selection in 2019 (71st overall) and goaltender Marek Mazanec from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward J.T. Miller.

Should the Canucks not make the playoffs in 2019-20, the first-round selection will move to the 2021 draft.

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.

Training Camp Numbers: Podcast Episode 10

The podcast is back this week as the Lightning- and somewhat sense-less playoffs continue. Listen for Lightning player and prospect talk ... as well as the usual soapboxes.

For first-timers, Training Camp Numbers looks at Lightning prospects (who get and are often stuck with the obscure training camp numbers), Lightning talking points, and the NHL news of the week.

This week: Erik Erlendsson joins in on the fun

    Playoffs are .... weird?
    Impartiality need not apply
    Yzer-gone
    JBB's first win
    Lightning summer plans
    Draft: BPA or certain player type?
    Debate: To review or not to review
    Your questions

Thanks to Andrew Weiss for leading and hosting the show. Enjoy the Lightning talk on iTunes, Spotify, and a bunch of other platforms. Our thanks to Erik for joining in. Be sure to find him (and become a member) at Lightning Insider and Lightning Power Play.

Click here to listen.

Archive:

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-3-19 Everblades @ Solar Bears

South Division Finals (Tuesday)
South-1 Florida Everblades 2 @ South-2 Orlando Solar Bears 1 (2OT)
Florida wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
(AHL contract)
Playoff Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 30 GP, 11-33-44, +11, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 3-3-6, E, 8 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 39 GP, 6-19-25, -4, 30 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: OT Loss, 49 saves on 51 shots, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 5-2-3, 1.94 GAA, .935 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 8-2-0, 2.41 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: Did not play
Playoff Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals (KIT, OHL): 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals (KIT, OHL): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 20 GP, 11-11-22, +9, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 17 PIM
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 13-13-26, +8, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Connor Ingram had stopped 49 of 50 shots before getting beat by the 51st shot he faced, ultimately resulting in Florida winning in double-overtime and advancing to the conference finals for the second straight year. The Everblades took all three games in Orlando and won the series, 4-1, though three of the wins came in overtime. It was a good showing by the Orlando Solar Bears, who were the final Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate left playing.

The Lightning organization, aside from a few NHLers participating in the World Championships, is entering the offseason in its entirety now. All prospects are finished for the year.

There will be a few decisions to be made on the prospect front, such as what will be done with Connor Ingram? Although he has another year left on his entry level contract, Ingram fell out of favor with the Syracuse Crunch - where he was an all-star this season - and was eventually demoted to the ECHL for the remainder of the season. It’s possible, like Anthony DeAngelo and Jonathan Drouin before him, that he is dealt in the offseason, though Syracuse starter Eddie Pasquale is an unrestricted free agent and tryout player Ante Tolvanen has committed to playing in his native Finland.

Aside from Ingram, prospect Mitch Hults spent the majority of his season in the ECHL and is a restricted free agent. If the organization feels he won’t help the Crunch, he’s likely to be free to seek a deal elsewhere. Hults was acquired from the Ducks for future considerations in October. Anaheim had taken Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and needed to shed a contract and the Lightning were willing to take Hults.

Orlando finished the year second in the South Division and gave first-place Florida all it could handle in the second round of the playoffs. Had they not been in the same division with the league’s best team, it’s a good bet they would have made the conference finals.

On to next season.

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