Lundin, Mike

Lightning Reassign Lundin to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Mike Lundin to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Lundin, a 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman from Burnsville, Minnesota, appeared in one game with the Lightning after being recalled last Saturday. He logged 13:29 in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 victory over Atlanta last night.

Lundin has appeared in 20 games with the Admirals this season scoring two goals and nine assists. His 11 points leads all defensemen and ranks fifth overall with Norfolk while tying him for 16th in the American Hockey League in scoring among defensemen. Lundin, who also led the Admirals in scoring by defensemen last season, has appeared in 71 career AHL games (all with Norfolk) and has six goals and 36 assists in those games.

Lightning Sign Lundin

(Tampa Bay Lightning release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mike Lundin to a one-year contract today, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Lundin, 6-foot-2, 188 pounds, has played in 106 career games with the Lightning, including 81 in 2007-08, recording eight assists. He represented Tampa Bay in the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas. During that season, Lundin ranked second on the Lightning and first among defensemen with a plus-3 rating after making the team out of training camp directly from college.

Keller, McKenna Not Qualified

According to Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times, the Tampa Bay Lightning have chosen not to qualify restricted free agents forward Justin Keller and goaltender Mike McKenna.

Players receiving qualifying offers were defensemen Lukas Krajicek, Matt Smaby, Matt Lashoff and Mike Lundin; forwards Martins Karsums, Blair Jones, Radek Smolenak and Lauri Tukonen; and goaltender Karri Ramo. Both Smolenak and Ramo have signed contracts to play in the KHL next season.

Mike Lundin


Out of Organization
Burnsville, MN
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#102) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Biel-Bienne (NLA)
Projects As: 
Top 6 Defenseman

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Maine (HEAST)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$750 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$750 000




  • Played in the NHL YoungStars Game


Junior Career

Mike Lundin came to the University of Maine out of Apple Valley High School in Minnesota where he was a two sport letterman in both hockey and baseball. In his senior season of high school he had 8 goals and 28 points in 27 games en route to being named Metro Hockey Player of the Year in 2003 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as well as AP Minnesota Hockey Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Minnesota award as well. As a freshman with the Black Bears in 2003-2004 he scored 3 goals and 19 points in 44 games. At season's end he was also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team and the NHL Central Scouting Service ranked him the 34th best North American skater. That summer he was selected in the 4th round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Upon returning to Maine for his sophomore season, Lundin slumped in the first half of the year and despite rebounding in the second half his production declined to 1 goal and 14 points in 40 games. He was once again named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. As a junior is 2005-2006, Lundin posted a nearly identical 2 goal and 15 point campaign in 35 games helping the Black Bears advance to the Frozen Four where they were eliminated by eventual champion Wisconsin. Also, as a junior, Lundin was named to the Hockey East Academic Honor Roll and he was named a Maine Scholar-Athlete. In 2006-2007 Lundin was named one of Maine's assistant captains as a senior. As a senior, Lundin finally managed to surpass his original freshman scoring totals by notching 6 goals and 20 points in 40 games as a minute eating anchor on the Maine power play. Lundin won Maine's Shawn Walsh Defensive Player Award as a senior and was named to the NCAA Tournament's East Region All-Tournament Team. He also was named to the Hockey East's All-Academic Team for a fourth time to earn Distinguished Scholar status for acheiving a 3.0 GPA or better for four straight years.

Professional Career

The Lightning are likely to sign Lundin this summer and due to the lack of offensive defensemen in the system he may be quickly advanced into a power play role with Norfolk of the AHL.

Scouting Report


An excellent skater and puckhandler, Lundin can play in all game situations and has proven to be a minute-eater for the University of Maine. He’s a smart player with good hands and delivers crisp, but soft outlet passes to his forwards. He sees the ice well and is a team leader.


Lundin is not a physical defenseman, but that doesn’t mean he’s not effective along the walls. He tends to rely on using his stick rather than his body, which has worked for him thus far but may not at the next level. He has a good shot but doesn’t look to jump into the play as often as he could. Perhaps he’s coached not to, though with his skating ability, he certainly can make up for mistakes by getting back to his own zone quickly. His key to the NHL is the development of his physical game – not necessarily becoming a Scott Stevens-like hitter, but learning to physically battle on the ice for loose pucks or position whenever necessary.


Lundin is just 12 days younger than current Lightning rookie defenseman Paul Ranger, but the two – at times – look like twins in their styles. If Lundin adds Ranger’s tenacity and work ethic, there’s no reason why he can’t be a second pair defenseman to compliment some of the bigger, more physical defensemen in the Lightning system. Lundin’s passing ability is not at Ranger’s level at this point, but Lundin will be looked upon for offense and power play contributions in the coming years.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2001-2002 Apple Valley HighUSHS- - -- -|        
 2002-2003 Apple Valley HighUSHS27 8 2027 -|        
 2003-2004 Univ. of MaineNCAA44 3 1619 34|        
 2004-2005 Univ. of MaineNCAA40 1 1314 2|        
 2005-2006 Univ. of MaineNCAA36 3 1316 4|        
 2006-2007 Univ. of MaineNCAA40 6 1420 2|        
 2007-2008 Tampa Bay LightningNHL81 0 66 16|        
 2008-2009 Tampa Bay LightningNHL25 0 22 4|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL51 4 2529 18|        
 2009-2010 Tampa Bay LightningNHL49 3 1013 18|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL27 2 1416 4|        
  USAWC6 0 11 0|        
 2010-2011 Tampa Bay LightningNHL69 1 1112 12|Playoffs18 0 22
 2011-2012 Minnesota WildNHL17 0 22 4|        
  Houston AerosAHL2 0 00 0|        
 2012-2013 Almtuna ISAllsvenskan7 0 44 2|        
  Ottawa SenatorsNHL11 0 11 0|      -
 2013-2014 Barys AstanaKHL53 5 1924 6|Playoffs10 2 24
 2014-2015 Barys AstanaKHL60 6 3339 6|Playoffs7 0 11
 2015-2016 Barys AstanaKHL60 11 2233 16|        
 2016-2017 Biel-BienneNLA17 1 34 0|        
  Biel-BienneSwiss Cup1 0 11 0|        

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AHL Game Night 12/27: Phantoms at Admirals



Mike McKenna stopped 34 of 36 shots faced for the win.

First Period
NOR Segal, (12) , 2:37
NOR Keller, (4) (Ward, Potulny), 5:11

Second Period
NOR Potulny, (5) (Konopka, Bochenski), 1:25 (PP)
NOR Downie, (4) (Lundin, Bochenski), 3:10 (PP)
NOR Rosehill, (2) (Potulny, Lundin), 15:36
PHI Matsumoto, (11) (DeSantis, Syvret), 17:38 (PP)
NOR Downie, (5) (Smolenak, Lundin), 19:36

Third Period
NOR Downie, (6) (Mihalik), 10:16
PHI Klotz, (1) (Matsumoto, Sirianni), 14:08

Steve Downie, Grant Potulny, and Mike Lundin were the game's three stars.

Downie continues to make a strong case for a recall. That young man is a stud prospect.

Norfolk improves to 13-16-5 this season, just 3 games under .500. Next up, a three game roadie through the Northeast starting on New Year's Eve at Portland.

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AHL Game Night 12/13: Sound Tigers at Admirals

Even with Lundin, the Admirals defense remains a sieve.


Mike McKenna allowed 6 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
BRI Lee, (1) (Iggulden, Hillen), 0:30
BRI Hennigar, (3) (Hillen, Iggulden), 8:16
NOR Ward, (1) (Downie, Lundin), 10:31
BRI Tambellini, (1) (Walter), 14:21
NOR Lawrence, (1) (Downie, Rosehill), 18:30

Second Period
BRI Smith, (12) (Colliton, Iggulden), 14:07
NOR Keller, (2) (Downie), 16:34
NOR Keller, (3) (Downie, Mihalik), 17:13

Third Period
BRI Smith, (13) (Colliton, Skinner), 16:47
BRI Smith, (14) (Iggulden, Hillen), 19:59

Steve Downie and Justin Keller were the game's second and third stars.

Downie is reacting just like you would hope a guy who has just been sent down would: like a guy who has gotten a taste of the show and wants to get back. Mike Lundin had an assist in his Norfolk debut. Chris Gratton is in Norfolk, but did not suit up for the Ads.

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Lundin Assigned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that defenseman and BoltProspects alumni Mike Lundin has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Norfolk of the AHL.

Personally, so long as Mike doesn't pout in Norfolk, I think this could be a positive for his career, in the long term. When he was originally drafted Lundin was considered to be a young defenseman with some offensive upside. However, in the NHL, he's been asked to play a very simple game as a third pairing blueliner and simply not make mistakes. In Norfolk he should receive over 20 minutes a night including a healthy amount of power play time, which should help flesh out his game and could help him progress from being a #5/6 type defenseman in the NHL to a #3/4 type.

Word on the street is that Chris Gratton has reported to the Admirals and is likely to make his Norfolk debut tonight as well.

NHL Game Night 3/31: Thrashers at Lightning

Atlanta dealt a blow in their own quest for Steve Stamkos.


Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 23 shots for the loss. Can I just say, "Case in point?" After seeing Karri Ramo go 2-0-1 including a sterling effort against the division leading Canes, Smith got well quickly to play the Thrashers tonight and with only a smidge of goal support he would've won. That's what having two young lions competing for the starting job will do for the Lightning. You won't get that if Smith isn't being pushed because he has a sad sack retread as a backup.

19:40 of even hockey for Matt Smaby with 1 shot on goal and 3 hits. The fact Matt has been even with over 18 minutes of IT in both of these one goal nailbiters only helps his resume going into next season in pursuit of an NHL job. And I'll pose the question again: if Smaby finishes out the year continuing to garner 5-6 minutes more IT than Mike Lundin, does that mean he's passed Lundin on the depth chart? When I heard Coach Tortorella's comments about Ramo and Lundin, I obviously was strongly against sending Ramo down to the minors next season. However, if Lundin doesn't hit the weight room hard this offseason and get the upper body strength he desperately needs, Coach might have a legitimate point about the young blueliner.

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NHL Game Night 3/22: Lightning at Panthers

Lightning had all the hustle, but couldn't bury the Panthers.


Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. His puckhandling gaffe early in the game turned out to be the margin of difference.

Congratulations to Junior Lessard on his first goal as a member of the Lightning, and to Mathieu Darche who had an outstanding game. Shame on the homers in Sunrise for denying Darche a star of the game.

Matt Smaby was even in 8:38 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. He made a good block in the first period but got caught out on a couple of 1 minute plus shifts which might be part of why he sat in the second period (although there were a lot of special teams in the middle frame). In the third period he was pretty solid and even did some business from the point on one shift helping to keep a couple of pucks in the zone. I really like the pairing of Smaby and Mike Lundin that has been put together by the coaching staff because I feel like each player's strength helps cover up the other's weakness. It would have been interesting if Boyle hadn't dropped the skate on his wrist this year to see these two Minnesota boys develop together as a unit in Norfolk. If they can stick together and learn to read off of each other, they could be a really good second or third pairing for the Lightning down the road. I'm already seeing flashes of Lundin reading what Smaby is doing and making the right adjustments to cover for what Matt is doing.

The Panthers were flat lucky to survive this game. The Lightning outworked and out played them for the final 55 minutes of the game and didn't let up even when they fell behind by two goals. This is a team filled with character guys playing their rear ends off for jobs next season. If the Lightning can throw in another skill player or two up front, this can get interesting. Also, if they can get a post and a chain to keep Smith and Ramo closer to their net, that might not be a bad investment either.

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Lundin Graduates From Prospect Status

I didn't want this to be lost in amongst the eulogy for the season...

With his 41st NHL game played this season, Mike Lundin graduated from prospect status tonight according to Bolt Prospects' criteria. Lundin will be moved to the Bolt Prospects Alumni section of prospects page when we release our 2007-2008 Midterm Rankings some time within the next few months.

In the meantime, congratulations to Mike on his breakthrough year and best wishes on a long and productive career.

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