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Lightning's 7th-round choices and a surprise



With the 182nd overall pick, the first of the seventh round, Tampa Bay took right wing Matias Sointu. The 5-10, 154-pounder had 21 goals and 40 points in 41 games last season for Ilves Junior of Finland.

With its final pick, 203rd overall, Tampa Bay took defenseman David Carle. An interesting choice since Carle, the brother of San Joses's Matt Carle, withdrew from the draft after being diagnosed with a heart condition. But the son of prospective owner Oren koules attends the same high school, Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota from which Carle graduated. 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."

It was quite a nice gesture.

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


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