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Lightning gets No. 1 pick; will choose Stamkos



Given the way the year has gone for the Lightning, GM Jay Feaster said this afternoon, "There's no way in hell,'' we're getting the No. 1 pick.

Well, something was working in Tampa Bay's favor as the Lightning, which finished 30th in the 30-team league, retained the first pick in this summer's draft in Ottawa, and all indications are it will draft NHL-ready center Steve Stamkos from the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario hockey League.

"If I'm the guy that they want, it would be a great honor for me,'' Stamkos said on Versus draft lottery coverage.''

Said former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, who represented Tampa Bay at the draft lottery, "As an organization we're very happy. We have a kid who is going to be a superstar. We're excited. We're really looking forward to that.''

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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