Lightning Likely to Hold 15th Pick

Barring the team repeating as Stanley Cup champions, the Lightning will pick 15th overall in the June draft. [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/standings?season=2006&group=league&column=points&order=false&seasontype=2]A quick look at the standings reveals[/url] the Lightning with the least amount of points amongst the teams that made the postseason, placing them just outside the 14 team draft lottery. For those who are wondering, the Lightning [url=http://www.freewebs.com/eggmanandwalrus/draft_picks.txt]currently hold 4 picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[/url] They will have their 1st round, 3rd round, 6th round and 7th round selections. The club traded its 2nd, 4th and 5th round selections in seperate deals with Philadelphia, San Jose and Dallas last year. Bolt Prospects will profile players we feel might be available at the Lightning's selection during the summer as draft day nears.

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Lightning likely to hold 15th pick

Is there a goaltender currrently in the organization who could step up to the Lightning next season.... The Lightning picking 15th should be able to select a better player. The Lightning have done very poor picking early, with the exception of Lecavalier over Legwand (yeah...like that was going to happen). Last time we picked this late in the 1st round we picked Mario Larocque (1st rd 16th pk). Should they come up with another gem like that(Larocque) the head scout should loose his (head).

Re: Goaltenders and Drafts

There are three very good goaltenders of varying ages in Europe who [i]could[/i] step up with the Lightning next season. It's hard to tell how they would adjust to North America right from the jump though, so my thought is it's unlikely. Fredrik Norrena would have to miraculously mend his relationship with the organization, which is unlikely. Vasily Koshechkin would have to somehow get out of his entanglements in Russia, which is unlikely. And Karri Ramo would have to be, quite frankly prodigal to step in at age 20, although it's been done before and Jeff Reese does believe Ramo is a future stud #1 goaltender in this league. BTW, Donny Murdoch, who was the head scout for Espo and that '96 draft, is long gone. Jake Goertzen has been in charge of amateur scouting since Dudley came aboard in '99. 15th in this draft is, ironically, like picking in that spot in the Larocque draft in that this draft is almost as shallow in talent as that one. There are maybe 5-10 quality players at the top of the draft and the rest will be on the backs of our scouts to find diamonds in the rough. Only a handful of teams got NHL players of any note in that '96 draft and this one is expected to be similar unfortunately.

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