Friday, February 23, 2018
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Tampa Bay Lighting draft picks

Saturday's draft picks

Dylan Blujus

Round: 2 (40th overall)

Position: Defenseman

Team: Brampton (OHL)

Age: 18

HT/WT: 6-3, 191

Need to know: Had seven goals, , 34 points in 66 games last season. … "Really good reach, really good stick-on-puck and defensive positioning," Lightning director of amateur scouting, Al Murray, said. "Needs to get stronger and mature physically." … Blujus said the brother of his brother-in-law is Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Brian Hart

Round: 2 (53rd)

Position: Left wing

Team: Exeter High School (N.H.)

Age: 18

HT/WT: 6-2, 203

Need to know: Had 32 goals, 68 points in 29 games this season. … Scored a season-record 35 goals for the school soccer team. … "He's there to score goals," Murray said. … Is committed to play for Harvard.

Tanner Richard

Round: 3 (71st)

Position: C

Team: Guelph (OHL)

Age: 19

HT/WT: 6-1, 198

Need to know: Had 13 goals, 48 points in 43 games this season. … Played for Switzerland in the world junior championship. … "Is a two-way center-iceman," Murray said. "Has hockey sense and some skill but plays a real solid defensive game and has some grit to his game as well." … Speaks English, French, German and understands Italian. ... Born in Markham, Ontario, the same town as Steven Stamkos, and lived in Sarnia, where Stamkos played as a junior.

Cedric Paquette

Round: 4 (101st)

Position: Center

Team: Blainville (QMJHL)

Age: 18

HT/WT: 6-1, 198

Need to know: Not ranked by NHL Central Scouting, he had 31 goals, 48 points and 88 penalty minutes in 63 games this season. … "We're pretty excited about the grit and competitiveness he brings along with some skill," Murray said. … Must get quicker.

Jake Dotchin

Round: 6 (161st)

Position: D

Team: Owen Sound (OHL)

Age: 18

HT/WT: 6-2, 207

Need to know: Had three goals, 19 points, 77 penalty minutes in 64 games this season. … Was Owen Sound's shutdown defenseman. … "Jake's a big, hard-nosed defenseman who's a good skater," Murray said. "He's going to go out against the best players on the other team and he's going to make their life miserable. He doesn't hesitate to get real physical."

Nikita Gusev

Round: 7 (202nd)

Position: Left wing

Team: CSKA Jr. (Russia)

Age: 19

HT/WT: 5-9, 163

Need to know: Had 30 goals, 76 points in 34 games this season. … Played for Russia at the 2012 world junior championship. … "A terrifically skilled and competitive right-shot left wing," Murray said. "A lot of talent. At that spot in the seventh round, he was the most talented player left on our list."

Friday's picks

Slater Koekkoek

Round: 1 (10th)

Position: Defenseman

Team: Peterborough (OHL)

Age: 18

HT/WT: 6-2, 184

Need to know: Recognized in October 2011 by the Ontario junior league as the East Division academic player of the month.

Andrei Vasilevski

Round: 1 (19th)

Position: Goalie

Team: Ufa Jr. (Russia)

Age: 17

HT/WT: 6-3, 204

Need to know: Plans to get out of remaining two years of contract with Ufa and play North American juniors next season.

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