Lightning trades former first-round pick Anthony DeAngelo
When the Lightning Anthony DeAngelo 19th overall in 2014, it showed a lot of faith and confidence in the touted defenseman despite supposed character concerns.
Tampa Bay loved DeAngelo's puck-moving abilities and offensive skill, the kind of player that can impact a power play.
But just two years later, DeAngelo is gone, the Lightning trading him to Arizona Saturday for the 37th overall pick, which they used to pick defenseman Libor Hajek. DeAngelo was coming off a tough first pro season with AHL Syracuse, a minus-18 while getting healthy scratched eight times. DeAngelo tweeted he was excited to be with the Coyotes, thanking Tampa Bay.
It sounds like it might have been a mutual parting, or even initiated by DeAngelo himself.
"I wish things could have been different but I think this is better for all involved," said DeAngelo's father, Lou. "We are thankful for the opportunity... We were looking for an opportunity to play in the NHL sooner rather than later."
Former Syracuse coach Rob Zettler said at the end of the season DeAngelo's struggles were mostly in the defensive zone, as he's obviously a gifted offensive player.
The Lightning had a strong second round Saturday, with three overall picks, including Hajek, a steady 6-foot-1 defenseman and solid skater. At No. 44, Tampa Bay took Russian forward Boris Katchouk, who was ranked No. 22 by the Scouting Service. Katchouk prides himself on being "relentless," competitive, winning battles.Then, at 58, the Lightning grabbed another hard-to-play-against forward in Taylor Raddysh, a 6-foot-2, 206-pound wing who likes Alex Killorn's game, power forwards who wins battles in corners and comes up big in big games. He played in Erie with Connor McDavid.