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Bolts Trade Teddy Purcell to Edmonton for Sam Gagner

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded forward Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Sam Gagner, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced tonight.

Gagner, 5-foot-11, 202 pounds, has played in 481 career games with Edmonton, recording 101 goals and 295 points. He was drafted first overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Purcell, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds, has played in 310 games with the Lightning since being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 3, 2010. During his career in Tampa Bay he accumulated 67 goals and 203 points. Purcell also played in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Bolts, recording seven goals and 18 points.

2014 Draft: 7th Round, 185th Overall

Name: Cameron Darcy
Position: Center
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192 lbs
Club: Cape Breton QMJHL

Strengths:
Well seasoned overage prospect has taken the long route through North American junior hockey on the way to being drafted. Darcy's stops include playing with the Dexter School in Massachussetts prep hockey, the USNTDP, Northeastern University, the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, and Cape Breton of the QMJHL. Along the way, he won a U18 WJC Gold Medal with Team USA. This year, he led the Screaming Eagles in scoring and plays a balanced all-around game. Plays a pro-style, north-south, shoot-first style of hockey. Above average hands in tight.

Weaknesses:
Needs to improve his skating and his upper body strength.

Projection:
Checking liner and minor league depth.

Comparable:
Alex Killorn Lite

2014 Draft: 6th Round, 170th Overall

Name: Cristiano DiGiacinto
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 186 lbs
Club: Windsor (OHL)

Strengths:
Mean, agitating winger gets under his opponent's skin. Has some ability to pass and shoot the puck, but his primary task is to get the other team off their game. Classic lower line checker is at his best when the other team is trying to strangle him.

Weaknesses:
Late bloomer struggled to be picked up by a junior team until this past season. Below average skater, particularly in terms of his acceleration.

Projection:
Fourth line agitator

Comparable:
Zac Rinaldo

2014 Draft: 4th Round, 119th Overall

Name: Ben Thomas
Position: Defense
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Club: Calgary (WHL)

Strengths:
Assertive, aggressive player at both ends of the ice. Strong upper body with a high compete level. Excellent puck handler with the much coveted righty shot who loves to jump in the play. Loves to jump in the play, but responsible enough not to get caught for odd man rushes the other way. High compete level.

Weaknesses:
Poor backward skater with mediocre lateral agility compounded by poor reads and hockey sense in the defensive third.

Projection: #5 defenseman

Comparisons: Cody Franson

2014 Draft: 3rd Round, 80th Overall

Name: Brayden Point
Position: Center
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Club: Moose Jaw (WHL)

Strengths:
Dynamic puckhandler with top notch creativity and playmaking skills. Well above average hockey sense and soft hands in tight around the net. Shifty, darting, hard to catch and even harder to stop.

Weaknesses:
Tiny, and at 160 lbs lacks the strength to stand up to the rigors of the pro game. Questionable whether his frame can support putting the bulk on he needs.

Projection:
Second line scoring center or AHL/European league scoring champ.

Comparisons:
Valtteri Filppula

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