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After the lottery, Tampa Bay Lightning has the No. 10 pick in the NHL's June draft



After the lottery, the Tampa Bay Lightning have the No. 10 overall pick in the June draft. The only change in the draft order was the Oilers getting the first pick over the Blue Jackets. It is the third straight year Edmonton will have the first pick.

The Lightning also has the Red Wings' first-round pick which is currently 23rd overall, pending results of the playoffs.

Here is the order so far. The rest will be filled in after the playoffs: 1. Oilers, 2. Blue Jackets, 3. Canadiens, 4. Islanders, 5. Maple Leafs, 6. Ducks, 7. Wild, 8. Hurricanes, 9. Jets, 10. Lightning, 11. Capitals (from Avalanche), 12. Sabres, 13. Stars, 14. Flames.  

A mock draft by NHL analyst Craig Button had the Lightning taking defenseman Morgan Rielly, 6 feet, 190 pounds, from Moose Jaw. NHL Central scouting has him as the No. 5 North American skater.

Here is his profile from

Rielly recorded 18 points (3-15--18) in 18 games during the 2011-12 season before suffering a season ending knee injury.

• In 2010-11, he led the Moose Jaw Warriors in rookie scoring and was second among defensemen with 28 points (6-22--28) in 65 games.

• He helped a Canada roster full of top 2012 draft-eligible prospects capture gold at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, recording three points (2-1--3) in seven games. At the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, he helped Team Pacific win a bronze medal recording five points (2-3--5) in six games.

• He captained the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Saskatchewan during the 2009-10 season. He led all SMAAAHL defensemen in scoring with 55 points (18-37--55), was named the team’s co-MVP and helped lead the team to a gold medal at the 2010 Canadian National Midget Championship. Fellow draft prospect Andrew Ryan (No. 109 ranked) was a teammate at Notre Dame.

• Rielly was the co-winner of the 2009 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Minor Hockey Player Achievement Award. The award is handed out annually to a B.C. Amateur Hockey Association player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, hockey skill, and academic achievement. Past winners include: 2011 first overall draft selection, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2008); Washington’s Karl Alzner (2003); and Edmonton’s Gilbert Brule (2002).

• He lists his father, Andy, as the biggest influence on his career and his hockey hero growing up. His father played in the BCHL for the Surrey Eagles in 1974-75  

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 9:02pm]


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