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Summary of Lightning Picks

Here is a summary of [url=http://www.nhl.com/nhlonline/nhl?service=direct&context=DraftStats%2FteamForm&sp=S0&team=T.B&year=2005&location=%2Fdraft&Form0=0]today's eight selections in the 2005 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning[/url]:

Chris Lawrence

One pick NHL.com apparently missed was the 3rd round selection of C [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospect.php?pid=4293]Chris Lawrence[/url] out of Sault Ste Marie of the OHL. At 6'4" 199 lbs. Lawrence is a riddle wrapped inside a mystery wrapped inside of an enigma. Even the misreporting of his selection on the NHL and Tampabaylightning.com site should tell you how much of a question mark this player is.

Kevin Beech

With the 165th pick in the 6th round the Lightning have selected G Kevin Beech of Sudbury of the OHL. Standing at 6'4" 168 lbs Beech fits Jeff Reese's mold of big framed goaltenders. Beech moved into a tandem with touted Sharks rookie Patrick Ehelechner at midseason and was outstanding for Sudbury in the 2nd round of the OHL playoffs nearly stealing a series for his team. Beech was 9-9-2 for Sudbury during the regular season with a .912 sv% and 2.65 GAA. In the playoffs, Beech was 2-1-0 with a .922 sv% and 2.61 GAA taking over for Ehelechner.

Marek Kvapil

With pick 163 in the 6th round the Lightning selected RW Marek Kvapil out of Saginaw in the OHL. The 5'11" 172 lbs. Czech winger is an overage selection and at 20 years old will probably be suiting up for the Springfield Falcons or Johnstown Chiefs next season. [url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=76039 ]In 53 games for Saginaw Kvapil notched 25 goals and 62 points with 14 PIMs.[/url] Pretty good for playing on a team that [url=http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/ohl19892005.html]had the third worst record in the OHL.[/url]

Stanislav Lascek

With their 5th round pick granted as compensation for the loss of Jassen Cullimore the Lightning have selected Slovakian born RW Stanislav Lascek out of Chicoutimi of the QMJHL. [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=7036&mode=threaded&order=0]Lascek went unranked by Central Scouting largely due to a considerable knock on his skating.[/url] He also is very average in size at 6'0" and 195 lbs. But there is one thing that Lascek does very well: dish the puck. Playing for the offensive juggernaut Chicoutimi Sagueneens last season Lascek compiled 18 goals and a staggering 72 assists in 53 regular season games. earlier in his career and suggests Lascek is working with Brad's skating coach.
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