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Bolts Extend Winger Mike Blunden

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed right wing Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Blunden, 6-foot-4, 216 pounds, played in two games with the Lightning last season, recording two penalty minutes. He played in 33 games with Tampa Bay’s top minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, in 2014-15, recording 13 goals and 22 points. Despite a limited number of games he ranked tied for sixth on the Crunch for goals.

2015 Draft Review: Focus on the Bigger Picture

Another draft has come and gone in Lightningland and the NFL-Draft-trained masses are expecting a grade and a winner or loser label.

Not happening here, sorry. There are few things as meaningless as draft grades the day after a draft. Reactions now to a draft will be completely different in five years, but you already knew that.

That soapbox aside, we can look at what the Lightning did this weekend and compare it to our system pre-draft wish list for player position and player types. Of course, Lightning Director of Scouting Al Murray said the club doesn’t pay attention to positions. He also said we wouldn't believe him.

“We don’t care where you play, just that you play the way we want you to play,” he told Lightning Radio.

Lightning Sign Harvard Prospect Brian Hart; Extend Marchessault

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Jonathan Marchessault to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2015-16 season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, the team signed forward Brian Hart to a three-year, two-way NHL contract.

Marchessault, 24, played in two Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning this past postseason. He also appeared in two games with the Bolts during the 2014-15 regular season, recording one goal. Marchessault scored his first career NHL goal on April 11, 2015 in the Lightning’s regular season finale against the Boston Bruins. The Cap-Rouge, Quebec native also played in 68 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, ranking sixth in the league for assists with 43.

Hart, 21, skated in 37 games with the Harvard Crimson during the 2014-15 season, recording seven goals and 17 points. The Cumberland, Maine native ranked sixth on the Crimson for goals and tied for seventh for points. Hart has skated in 98 career games with Harvard over three seasons, recording 18 goals and 50 points

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)

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