Draft

Organizational Draft History

2015
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 33 F Mitchell Stephens Saginaw (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 44 D Matthew Spencer Peterborough (OHL) 0 0-0-0
3 64 F Dennis Yan Shawinigan (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
3 72 F Anthony Cirelli Oshawa (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 118 F Jonne Tammela KalPa (FIN) 0 0-0-0
4 120 F Mathieu Joseph Saint John (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
5 150 D Ryan Zuhlsdorf Sioux City (USHL) 0 0-0-0
6 153 G Kris Oldham Omaha (USHL) 0 0-0-0
6 180 F Bokondji Imama Saint John (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
2014
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 19 D Anthony DeAngelo Sarnia (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 35 D Dominik Masin HC Slavia Jr (CZE) 0 0-0-0
2 57 D Johnathan MacLeod USA U18 (USHL) 0 0-0-0
3 79 F Brayden Point Moose Jaw (WHL) 0 0-0-0
4 119 D Ben Thomas Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
6 170 F Cristiano DiGiacinto Windsor (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 185 F Cameron Darcy Cape Breton (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
2013
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 3 F Jonathan Drouin Halifax (QMJHL) 76 4-28-32
2 33 F Adam Erne Quebec (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
5 124 G Kristers Gudlevskis HK Riga (MHL) 3 1-1-0
6 154 F Henri Ikonen Kingston (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 184 F Saku Salminen Kiekko-Vantaa (FIN-Jr) 0 0-0-0
7 186 F Joel Vermin Bern (NLA) 0 0-0-0
2012
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 10 D Slater Koekkoek Peterborough (OHL) 3 0-0-0
1 19 G Andrei Vasilevskiy Ufa (RUS-Jr) 20 8-6-1
2 40 D Dylan Blujus Brampton (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 53 F Brian Hart Exeter (USHS) 0 0-0-0
3 71 F Tanner Richard Guelph (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 101 F Cedric Paquette Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 94 15-10-25
6 161 D Jake Dotchin Owen Sound (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 202 F Nikita Gusev CSKA-2 (RUS-Jr) 0 0-0-0
2011
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 27 F Vladislav Namestnikov London (OHL) 59 9-8-17
2 58 F Nikita Kucherov CSKA-2 (RUS-Jr) 162 49-57-106
5 148 D Nikita Nesterov Chelyabinsk-2 (RUS-Jr) 44 3-10-13
6 178 G Adam Wilcox Green Bay (USHL) 0 0-0-0
7 201 F Matthew Peca Pembroke (CJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 208 F Ondrej Palat Drummondville (QMJHL) 199 61-94-155
2010
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 6 F Brett Connolly Prince George (WHL) 113 13-11-24
3 63 D Brock Beukeboom Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
3 66 D Radko Gudas Everett (WHL) 127 7-25-32
3 72 D Adam Janosik Gatineau (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
4 96 D Geoffrey Schemitsch Owen Sound (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 118 F Jimmy Mullin Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) 0 0-0-0
6 156 F Brendan O'Donnell Winnipeg South (MJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 186 D Teigan Zahn Saskatoon (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2009
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 2 D Victor Hedman MoDo (SWE) 440 41-164-205
1 29 F Carter Ashton Lethbridge (WHL) 54 0-3-3
2 52 F Richard Panik Trinec (CZE) 110 15-15-30
4 93 F Alex Hutchings Barrie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
5 148 G Michael Zador Oshawa (OHL) 0 0-0-0
6 162 G Jaroslav Janus Erie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 183 D Kirill Gotovets Shattuck-St.Mary's (USHS) 0 0-0-0
2008
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 1 F Steven Stamkos Sarnia (OHL) 550 291-242-533
4 117 F James Wright Vancouver (WHL) 146 4-8-12
5 122 G Dustin Tokarski Spokane (WHL) 18 7-5-2
5 147 F Kyle DeCoste Brampton (OHL) 0 0-0-0
6 153 D Mark Barberio Moncton (QMJHL) 106 6-11-17
6 160 D Luke Witkowski Ohio (USHL) 16 0-0-0
7 182 F Matias Sointu Ilves Jr. A (FIN) 0 0-0-0
7 203 D David Carle Shattuck-St.Mary's (USHS) 0 0-0-0
2007
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 47 F Dana Tyrell Prince George (WHL) 135 7-17-24
3 75 F Luca Cunti GCK (SUI-2) 0 0-0-0
3 77 F Alex Killorn Deerfield Academy (USHS) 220 49-69-118
4 107 F Mitch Fadden Lethbridge (WHL) 0 0-0-0
5 150 F Matt Marshall Noble & Greenough (USHS) 0 0-0-0
6 167 F Johan Harju Lulea (SWE) 10 1-2-3
7 183 G Torrie Jung Kelowna (WHL) 0 0-0-0
7 197 D Michael Ward Lewiston (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 210 F Justin Courtnall Burnaby (BCHL) 0 0-0-0
2006
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 15 G Riku Helenius Ilves Jr. A (FIN) 1 0-0-0
3 78 D Kevin Quick Salisbury Prep (USHS) 6 0-1-1
6 168 D Dane Crowley Swift Current (WHL) 0 0-0-0
7 198 F Denis Kazionov Tver (RUS) 0 0-0-0
2005
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 30 D Vladimir Mihalik Presov (SVK-2) 15 0-3-3
3 73 F Radek Smolenak Kingston (OHL) 7 0-1-1
3 89 F Chris Lawrence Marie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 92 F Marek Bartanus HC Kosice (SVK Jr.) 0 0-0-0
4 102 F Blair Jones Moose Jaw (WHL) 132 7-10-17
5 133 F Stanislav Lascek Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
6 163 F Marek Kvapil Saginaw (OHL) 0 0-0-0
6 165 G Kevin Beech Sudbury (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 225 D John Wessbecker Blake (USHS) 0 0-0-0
2004
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 30 Andy Rogers Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2 65 Mark Tobin Rimouski (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
4 102 D Mike Lundin Maine (HEAST) 252 4-32-36
5 158 Brandon Elliott Mississauga (OHL) 0 0-0-0
5 163 Dustin Collins Northern Michigan (CCHA) 0 0-0-0
6 188 D Jan Zapletal HC Vsetin (CZE Jr.) 0 0-0-0
6 191 G Karri Ramo Pelicans Lahti (FIN Jr.) 130 35-41-15
8 245 Justin Keller Kelowna (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2003
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 8 D Braydon Coburn Portland (WHL) 716 40-155-195
2 34 Mike Egener Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2 41 D Matt Smaby Shattuck-St.Mary's (USHS) 122 0-6-6
3 96 Jonathan Boutin Halifax (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
6 192 Doug O'Brien Hull (QJMHL) 5 0-0-0
7 224 Gerald Coleman London (OHL) 2 0-0-1
7 227 F Jay Rosehill Ohio (USHL) 117 5-3-8
8 255 Raimonds Danilics Stalkers (LAT Jr.) 0 0-0-0
8 256 Brady Greco Chicago (USHL) 0 0-0-0
8 273 F Albert Vishnyakov Kazan (RUS) 0 0-0-0
9 286 Zbynek Hrdel Rimouski (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
9 287 F Nick Tarnasky Lethbridge (WHL) 245 13-17-30
2002
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 60 Adam Henrich Brampton (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 100 F Dmitri Kazionov Lada Togliatti 2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
5 135 Joseph Pearce New Hampshire (HEAST) 0 0-0-0
5 162 Gerard Dicaire Koontenay (WHL) 0 0-0-0
6 170 P.J. Atherton Cedar Rapids (USHL) 0 0-0-0
6 174 Karri Akkanen Ilves Jr. A (FIN) 0 0-0-0
6 183 D Paul Ranger Oshawa (OHL) 323 24-82-106
7 213 Fredrik Norrena TPS Turku (FIN) 100 35-45-11
8 233 G Vasily Koshechkin Lada Togliatti 2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
8 255 F Ryan Craig Brandon (WHL) 196 32-31-63
8 256 Darren Reid Medicine Hat (WHL) 21 0-1-1
9 286 F Alexei Glukhov Voskresensk 2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
9 287 John Toffey Ohio State (CCHA) 0 0-0-0
2001
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 3 Alexander Svitov Omsk (RUS) 179 13-24-37
2 47 F Alexander Polushin Tver (RUS-2) 0 0-0-0
2 61 Andreas Holmqvist Hammarby IF (SWE-2) 0 0-0-0
3 94 F Evgeny Artyukhin Podolsk (RUS) 199 19-30-49
4 123 Aaron Lobb London (OHL) 0 0-0-0
5 138 Paul Lynch Valley (WJHL) 0 0-0-0
6 188 Art Femenella Sioux City (USHL) 0 0-0-0
7 219 Dennis Packard Harvard (ECAC) 0 0-0-0
7 222 Jeremy Van Hoof Ottawa (OHL) 0 0-0-0
8 252 Jean-Francois Soucy Montreal (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
8 259 F Dmitri Bezrukov Nizhnekamsk (RUS) 0 0-0-0
8 263 F Vitali Smolianinov Nizhnekamsk Jr. (RUS) 0 0-0-0
9 281 F Ilya Solarev Perm (RUS) 0 0-0-0
9 289 Henrik Bergfors Sodertalje (SWE) 0 0-0-0
2000
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 8 Nikita Alexeev Erie (OHL) 159 20-17-37
2 34 Ruslan Zainullin Kazan (RUS) 0 0-0-0
3 81 Alexander Kharitonov Moscow (RUS) 71 7-15-22
4 126 Johan Hagglund Modo (SWE) 0 0-0-0
5 161 F Pavel Sedov Voskresensk (RUS) 0 0-0-0
6 191 Aaron Gionet Kamloops (WHL) 0 0-0-0
7 222 Marek Priechodsky Trnava (SVK Jr.) 0 0-0-0
7 226 Brian Eklund Brown University (ECAC) 1 0-1-0
8 233 Alexander Polukeyev St. Petersburg-2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
9 263 Thomas Ziegler Ambri-Piotta (SWI-A) 5 0-0-0
1999
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 47 Sheldon Keefe Barrie (OHL) 125 12-12-24
3 67 Evgeny Konstantinov Kazan (RUS) 1 0-0-0
3 75 Brent Scheffelmaier Medicine Hat (WHL) 0 0-0-0
3 88 Jimmie Olvestad Djurgardens (SEL) 111 3-14-17
5 127 Kaspars Astashenko Riga (LAT) 23 1-2-3
5 148 Michal Lanicek Slavia Praha U20 (CZE) 0 0-0-0
6 182 Fedor Fedorov Port Huron (UHL) 18 0-2-2
7 187 Ivan Rachunek Zlin (CZE) 0 0-0-0
8 216 Erkki Rajamaki Helsinki (FNL) 0 0-0-0
9 244 Mikko Kuparinen Grand Rapids (IHL) 0 0-0-0
1998
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 1 F Vincent Lecavalier Rimouski (QMJHL) 1131 410-513-923
3 64 F Brad Richards Rimouski (QMJHL) 1018 284-604-888
3 72 Dmitry Afanasenkov Yaroslavl (RUS-2) 227 27-27-54
4 92 Eric Beaudoin Guelph (OHL) 53 3-8-11
5 121 Curtis Rich Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
6 146 Sergei Kuznetsov Yaroslavl (RUS-2) 0 0-0-0
7 174 Brett Allan Swift Current (WHL) 0 0-0-0
1996
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
7 179 D Pavel Kubina Vitkovice HC (CZE) 970 110-276-386
1993
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 3 Chris Gratton Kingston (OHL) 1092 214-354-568

One Week Out of Ottawa

It's amazing how much can change in the span of a week. This was supposed to be simply a draft review follow up on my previous blog entry "Five Days Before Ottawa." But, as I mentioned in that article, with the new ownership shoes have been falling fast and furious in Tampa Bay. Since that time the Lightning not only conducted their first draft under the Oren Koules regime, but they also named Barry Melrose Head Coach, locked up Vaclav Prospal to a long term deal, and acquired the negotiating rights for Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts who are expected to ink deals tomorrow with the team. And there's still July 1st to look forward to on Tuesday.

How will these deals work out? Hard to say. Am I enthusiastic about having Vaclav Prospal signed to a contract that will end when he's 38 years old (and having to see his skating at that age)? Not really. Do I have any idea what Barry Melrose's system will look like after 13 years away from hockey? I'd be lying if I said I did (and I'd be lying if I said I was really enthusiastic about Assistant Coach Rick Tocchet's off-ice baggage coming with him). Does Gary Roberts still have any gas in the tank? If he does it'll probably be worth $5 a gallon by the end of this coming season. And, am I really stoked about potentially signing Ryan Malone to a 7 year contract worth nearly $4.5 million dollars a year after a 51 point season that was just 3 points better than Michel Ouellet's last campaign in a Pens uniform? The new ownership is definitely rolling the dice with all of these moves.

Now, that said, it's nice to be shopping for groceries at the Whole Foods rather than the Super Wal-Mart for a change. The thing about a guy like Malone is that he does have the potential to be a second liner, whereas bargain bin players like Jan Hlavac the Lightning signed in previous years due to PS&E's budget constraints had little chance of being legitimate NHL scoring line threats. And while I won't back off my statement that OK Hockey projects the image that the circus is coming to town, I would like to praise them on very professionally handling the draft. There's some temptation for new ownership groups to make gigantic splashes at the draft, and Koules certainly could've tried to climb the ladder to get another first round pick. That wouldn't have been wise for the Lightning given the assets they had on hand, however, so discretion was the better part of valor. Koules polished off his first draft by making a nice PR move selecting David Carle as well, which sends a nice message throughout the hockey community that this organization does have a pretty big heart. So, altogether, it was a pretty good weekend in Ottawa. I thought the Lightning's draft last year was deeper and more on point with what needs to be done to rebuild the forward depth in the organization with it's emphasis on smaller speed-oriented players, but the team did get a franchise player in Stamkos and some nice depth players at the goaltending and defenseman positions in this draft. No complaints there. Next year's draft, now that the Lightning will have a pair of second round picks, will be a bigger opportunity for the organization to replenish depth.

Anyway, on to the players:

"Less Than a 1 Percent Chance" Carle Will Play Hockey Again

Damian Crisdotero of the times has a more detailed story up today on defenseman prospect David Carle's condition. The Carle family still holds out hope that the young blueliner's condition may be a less serious problem known as "athlete's heart", which is a thickening of the lining of the heart caused by exercising. According to the article, it will be six to eight weeks before test results will confirm whether his condition is indeed "athlete's heart." If it is, Carle will be off the ice another three months hoping that the lining of his heart reduces in size so he can resume his career.

"But it's almost a false hope," Carle said. "It's less than a 1 percent chance, so unless there's a miracle, I don't see it changing."

Carle, via Crisdotero's blog, urged all athletes to be safe and get themselves tested to make sure they catch any potential conditions like his in time.

NHL.com: "Lightning Gives David Carle a Gift"

NHL.com has a new notebook up featuring the Lightning's decision to draft D David Carle with their final pick in the seventh round today.

Sure doesn't sound like there is a lot of hope Carle can come back and play. That's a shame for Carle and the Lightning alike.

2008 Entry Draft

[h2]2008 Entry Draft[/h2]
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME
CLUB NHL GP

D David Carle, Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS)

Seventh Round, Two-Hundred Third Overall
D David Carle, 5'11" 180 lbs, Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS-MN)
Rankings: #60 North American CSS, #68 Overall Red Line Report, #70 Overall THN

55 GP, 10-34-44, 59 PIM

According to the Anchorage Daily News today (June 21), Carle, a University of Denver commitment and the younger brother of San Jose Sharks' defenseman Matt Carle, will have his hockey career put on hold – or most likely ended – by a heart condition. Carle told the newspaper on Friday he will no longer play the game after doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., diagnosed a heart condition that puts him at risk for sudden cardiac death if he exerts himself too strenuously. The newspaper states Carle said Mayo Clinic doctors on Thursday diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart that has been cited in the sudden death of young athletes.

The Daily News reports the abnormality was first detected in Carle's heart by doctors at the NHL's scouting combine in Toronto last month, prompting this week's visit to the Mayo Clinic.

On the Ice: Carle is an undersized puck-moving defenseman comparable to Colorado's Brett Clark. According to Red Line Report, Carle is a great skater with strong acceleration, good mobility, and good hockey sense. His shooting and passing skills are above average and he endears himself to coaches with his consistent play and willingness to do the little things. Denver is expected to honor his scholarship and make him a part of the Pioneer’s hockey program. Should Carle pull through his condition and resume his hockey career, the Lightning will hold his signing rights. However, this appears to be more of a reward pick of sorts to Carle by the Bolts.

Update:
Damian Crisdotero of the Times has the scoop on his blog.

"But general manager Jay Feaster said prospective new owner Oren Koules knows the family and the diagnosis might not be as severe as first believed. Besides Koules said, "The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I don't see a reason he shouldn't be."

RW Matias Sointu, Ilves Jr. A (FIN)

Seventh Round, One-Hundred Eighty-Second Overall
RW Matias Sointu, 5'10" 154 lbs, Ilves Jr. (FIN)
Rankings: #42 Europe CSS, Red Line NR, THN #93 Overall

41 GP, 21-19-40, 38 PIM

Sointu is a very undersized but very skilled Finnish forward who scored at nearly a point a game clip this season with Ilves' Junior A team and also scored 3 goals for Team Finland at the U18 World Junior Championships. Sointu fell 15 spots from his Midterm CSS ranking, but he still might be good value in the seventh round.

D Luke Witkowski, Ohio (USHL)

Sixth Round, One-Hundred Sixtieth Overall
D Luke Witkowski, 6'2" 180 lbs, Ohio (USHL)
Rankings: Unranked

58 GP, 3-10-13, 139 PIM

Unranked by the major scouting services, Witkowski, a Western Michigan University commitment for 2009, has only recently begun playing defense. The Ohio Junior Blue Jackets rearguard is known for his skating, physical play, and work ethic. Witkowski told McKeen's Hockey he projects as an offensive defenseman.

D Mark Barberio, Moncton (QMJHL)

Sixth Round, One-Hundred and Fifty-Second Overall
D Mark Barberio, 6'1" 200 lbs, Moncton (QMJHL)
Rankings: #134 North America CSS, #36 Overall Red Line Report, #59 Overall THN

70 GP, 11-35-46, 75 PIM

Perhaps a steal here for the Lightning who get a strong defender who logged nearly 30 minutes a night last season for Moncton. Barberio is a solid two-way defender who will take the body, but there's a knock on his skating ability. Red Line projects Barberio as a #4 or #5 defenseman in the mold of Craig Rivet. THN projects Barberio as more of an offensive defenseman and even suggests some organizations had Barberio ranked as a first round pick.

RW Kyle De Coste, Brampton (OHL)

Fifth Round, One-Hundred Forty-Seventh Overall
RW Kyle De Coste, 6'2" 178 lbs, Brampton (OHL)
Rankings: #115 North America CSS, #274 Overall Red Line, NR THN

66 GP, 10-12-22, 48 PIM

De Coste is one of the younger players in this draft, so he's more of a project pick who brings a decent sized frame to the table. More info to follow.

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