Lightning in Contract Talks with Mike Lundin

In a recent interview with his hometown newspaper in Burnsville, Minnesota, Lightning prospect and graduating University of Maine defenseman Mike Lundin states he is currently in contract talks with the Lightning. Lundin played in three Frozen Fours with Maine and had 19 points in 37 games this year with the Black Bears.

"I’ve been in touch with them a lot throughout the year, and now that the year is over, there has been some contract talk," Lundin told thisweek-online. "From what I’ve heard this can be a long process, so I’m just going to have to stay patient throughout the summer and hopefully I will be with the Tampa Bay organization next year."

Bolt Prospects learned before the NCAA Regionals that Lundin would be offered a pro contract, but could not report the fact as it was not 100% confirmed with the organization.

Lundin, an alternate captain as a senior for Maine, is a smart, smooth, two-way defenseman that relies on his intelligence more than physicality. In his last three years at Maine, Lundin only had a total of eight penalty minutes. He addressed this in the interview with reporter, Todd Abeln: "I think it goes along with my style of play. I am not very physical, so I keep myself out of a lot of penalty situations. I’ve always enjoyed playing as many minutes as possible and I hate forcing my team to kill a penalty because I did something stupid. I think I’ve also learned through my parents and having such a close brother to control my temper. My brother and I used to fight a lot being so close in age and both so competitive. Those situations growing up helped me learn to better control my emotions."

Lundin was known for playing big minutes for the Black Bears. He does admit, however, that his physical play is something he needs to improve upon to make it to the NHL: "I need to continue to get stronger. It is something I’ve been focusing on since my senior year of high school. I have made some very good improvements throughout college, however I still need to add around 10 pounds in order to play at the next level. I always tell people I was built like a cross country runner, not a hockey player. Along with my strength I need to improve my physical play on the ice. I am just so used to saving my energy so I can log minutes, it is hard for me to focus on being physical, but I will clearly need to improve that aspect of my game. Lots of weights this summer for me."

If Lundin is fortunate enough to make it to the NHL, he could provide a nice compliment to the Lightning's group of big, physical defensemen, as well be capable of power play duty. His skating, passing, and the fact he makes simple, smart decisions with the puck should earn him a chance to play in the NHL.

To read the full interview, see thisweek-online.