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Tampa Bay Lightning's 2012 draft picks

The Lightning made eight picks at the 2012 draft at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh:

Friday picks

Slater Koekkoek

Round: 1 (10th overall)


TEAM: Peterborough (OHL)

AGE: 18

HT/WT: 6-2, 184

Need to know: Recognized in October 2011 by the junior Ontario League as the East Division academic player of the month while playing for Peterborough.

Andrei Vasilevski

Round: 1 (19th overall)


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 in Russia and play North American juniors next season.

Saturday picks

Dylan Blujus

Round: 2 (40th overall)


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 overall)


TEAM: Exeter High School (N.H.)

AGE: 18

HT/WT: 6-2, 203

Need to know: Had 32 goals, 68 points in 29 games last 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 overall)


TEAM: Guelph (OHL)

AGE: 19

HT/WT: 6-1, 198

Need to know: Had 13 goals, 48 points in 43 games last 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 understand Italian.

Cedric Paquette

Round: 4 (101st overall)


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 last 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 overall)


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 last season. … Owen Sound's shut-down defenseman. … "Jakes 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 overall)


TEAM: CSKA JR. (Russia)

AGE: 19

HT/WT: 5-9, 163

Need to know: Had 30 goals, 76 points in 34 games last 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."

Posted by Damian Cristodero at 2:00:43 pm on June 23, 2012