2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Picks

Mitchell Stephens

Basics

Position: 
Center
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
187
Age: 
18
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#33) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Saginaw (OHL)

Matthew Spencer

Basics

Position: 
Defense
Height: 
6.02
Weight: 
203
Age: 
18
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#44) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Peterborough (OHL)

Dennis Yan

Basics

Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
187
Age: 
18
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#64) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Anthony Cirelli

Basics

Position: 
Center
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
165
Age: 
17
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#72) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Oshawa (OHL)

Jonne Tammela

Basics

Position: 
Right Wing
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
185
Age: 
17
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#118) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
KalPa (FIN)

Mathieu Joseph

Basics

Position: 
Right Wing
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
168
Age: 
18
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#120) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Saint John (QMJHL)

Ryan Zuhlsdorf

Basics

Position: 
Defense
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
194
Age: 
17
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 5 (150) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Sioux City (USHL)

Kris Oldham

Basics

Position: 
Goaltender
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
205
Age: 
18
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#153) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Omaha (USHL)

Bokondji Imama

Basics

Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
214
Age: 
18
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#180) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Saint John (QMJHL)

2015 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Signings

Ben Bishop

Basics

Position: 
Goaltender
Height: 
6.07
Weight: 
216
Age: 
28
Acquired: 
Acquired in a trade with Ottawa on April 3, 2013
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
08/02/2014
Contract Type: 
One-way
Contract Length: 
2 years
Cap Number: 
$5 950 000

Andrej Sustr

Basics

Position: 
Defense
Height: 
6.08
Weight: 
225
Age: 
24
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 21, 2013
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
06/30/2015
Contract Type: 
One-way
Contract Length: 
2 years
Cap Number: 
$1 450 000

Anthony DeAngelo

Basics

Position: 
Defense
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
168
Age: 
19
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#19) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
12/02/2014
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$1 350 000

Erik Condra

Basics

Position: 
Right Wing
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
181
Age: 
28
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2015
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
07/01/2015
Contract Type: 
One-way
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$1 250 000

Adam Erne

Basics

Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
211
Age: 
20
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#33) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
04/01/2014
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$925 000

Brian Hart

Basics

Position: 
Right Wing
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
215
Age: 
21
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay in Round 2 (#53) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
06/28/2015
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years

Cameron Darcy

Basics

Position: 
Center
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
185
Age: 
21
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#185) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
04/09/2015
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years

Brayden Point

Basics

Position: 
Center
Height: 
5.10
Weight: 
161
Age: 
19
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#79) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Moose Jaw (WHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
03/26/2015
Contract Type: 
Entry-level w/slide
Contract Length: 
3 years

Adam Wilcox

Basics

Position: 
Goaltender
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
183
Age: 
22
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay in Round 6 (#178) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
04/01/2015
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
2 years

Matthew Peca

Basics

Position: 
Center
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
172
Age: 
22
Acquired: 
2011 Draft (R7/#201)
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
04/01/2015
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
2 years

Mike Angelidis

Basics

Position: 
Center
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
210
Age: 
30
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on August 3, 2010
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
06/30/2015
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year

Matt Taormina

Basics

Position: 
Defense
Height: 
5.10
Weight: 
182
Age: 
28
Acquired: 
Signed as a free agent on July 9, 2012
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
07/01/2015
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year

Mike Blunden

Basics

Position: 
Right Wing
Height: 
6.04
Weight: 
216
Age: 
28
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
06/29/2015
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year

Jonathan Marchessault

Basics

Position: 
Left Wing
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
163
Age: 
24
Acquired: 
Acquired in a trade with Columbus on March 5, 2014
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)

Contract

Signing Date: 
06/28/2015
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
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6th Round, 180th Overall, LW Bokondji Imama

Name: Bokondji Imama
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'1" 214 lbs.
Weight: 214 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Saint John (QMJHL)

Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), 36 GP, 10-9-19, +4, 89 PIM
Saint John (QMJHL), 23 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 48 PIM

Sixth Round, 153rd Overall, G Kristian Oldham

Name: Kristian Oldham
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Club: Omaha (USHL)

Omaha (USHL), 33 GP, 21-6-5, 1 SO, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%

Fifth Round, 150th Overall, D Ryan Zuhlsdorf

Name: Ryan Zuhlsdorf
Position: Defenseman
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Sioux City (USHL)

Fourth Round, 120th Overall, RW Mathieu Joseph

Name: Mathieu Joseph
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 166 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Saint John (QMJHL)

Fourth Round, 118th Overall, RW Jonne Tammela

Name: Jonne Tammela
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: KalPa (FIN)

Third Round, 72nd Overall, C Anthony Cirelli

Name: Anthony Cirelli
Position: Center
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Oshawa (OHL)

Third Round, 64th Overall, LW Dennis Yan

Name: Dennis Yan
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 184 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Club: Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Second Round, 44th Overall, D Matthew Spencer

Name: Matthew Spencer
Position: Defenseman
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Peterborough (OHL)

Second Round, 33rd Overall, C/RW Mitchell Stephens

Name: Mitchell Stephens
Position: Center/Right Winger
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Club: Saginaw (OHL)

Lightning Can Start Syracuse Re-build at Draft

One of the things we've seen repeatedly in the Yzerman-Murray drafts is the penchant to spend a pick or two on players with the potential to immediately impact the Syracuse Crunch. Twice Head Amateur Scout Al Murray has spent first round picks on older first-time draft-eligible players (Namestnikov and DeAngelo) that could be fast tracked to the AHL after just one additional junior season. With later round draftees Cedric Paquette and Henri Ikonen, Murray once again dipped into the 19-year-old pool, allowing Syracuse to benefit from them have quicker access to the professional development pipeline. We've also seen Murray draft three players that were basically draft-and-sign guys (Ondrej Palat, Kristers Gudlevskis, and Cameron Darcy) that were eligible to immediately slot into the AHL after being drafted. Gudlevskis (pictured) was drafted out of Europe, and while Darcy just wasn't quite ready last year, the expectation when he selected was that he'd transition immediately to Syracuse or ECHL Florida. In this article, I'll first highlight some of the one-and-done players from Pete Choquette's 2015 Bolt Prospects Draft Review, and I'll also throw out at least five players to keep your eye on in the later rounds as potential draft-and-sign guys that could help the Crunch this fall.

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