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Lightning big dealers on day two of NHL Draft



The Lightning made a couple draft-day deals Saturday to move up and get prospects it wanted.

In the third round, Tampa Bay moved up one pick, swapping No. 80 for No. 79 with Minnesota, while giving the Wild the seventh-round pick in 2015 it received in Friday's Jason Garrison trade with Vancouver.

With that pick, the Lightning selected C Brayden Point, a dynamic-scoring center from Calgary. Point wasn't expecting Tampa Bay would take him, having met GM Steve Yzerman for the first time Saturday.

"It's awesome," Point said. "I'm really happy."

Though just 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Point is a creative playmaker, racking up 91 points (36 goals, 55 assists) in just 72 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL). In 2010-11 with the Calgary Bisons Bantam team, he had 102 points in just 33 games.

Then, with no fourth round pick, the Lightning moved into the round by getting the Rangers 119th overall, trading away its two fifth-rounders (140th, 142nd). Tampa Bay got D Ben Thomas, 18, an aggressive, right-shooting defenseman with quality puck-moving skills and a strong shot. Has decent size at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, aggressive on both ends of the ice.



[Last modified: Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:25pm]


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