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NHL Draft: Who did the Lightning pick?

Tampa Bay took Nolan Foote, whose brother Cal is already in the system, in the first round.
Nolan Foote wears a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey during the first round of the NHL hockey draft Friday, June 21, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. [Jonathan Hayward | The Canadian Press via AP]
Nolan Foote wears a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey during the first round of the NHL hockey draft Friday, June 21, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. [Jonathan Hayward | The Canadian Press via AP]
Published Jun. 22, 2019
Updated Jun. 23, 2019

The Lightning’s biggest splash of the draft came from the trade of J.T. Miller, a move intended to create salary cap space but also added a seventh pick to this year’s haul.

In all, Tampa Bay selected four forwards, two defensemen and one goalie Friday and Saturday in Vancouver.

Here’s a breakdown of who it took:

Related: MORE LIGHTNING: Tampa Bay trades J.T. Miller to Vancouver

Nolan Foote

27th (First round), LW, Canada/United States

6-foot-4, 195 pound

Foote, 18, joins his older brother, defenseman Cal, 20, in the Lightning organization. The Lightning picked Cal 14th overall in 2017, and he spent last season playing with AHL Syracuse. Nolan is a forward in a family of defensemen; their father, Adam, played 14 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup twice with Colorado.

Al Murray, Lightning assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting, credited both Footes’ size, saying they know how to play the game.

“He’s got a NHL shot right now,” Murray said of Nolan. “Quick release; it’s a hard shot. He’s a big body just like his dad. He’s a good skater, and we think he’s got room to improve.”

Foote compared his playing style to that of Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who is good at finding holes and has a good shot.

Foote has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States.

Related: MORE LIGHTNING: Nolan and Cal Foote always thought it'd be cool to play together

Hugo Alnefelt

71st (Third), G, Sweden

6-foot-3, 183 pounds

Alnefelt was the second-ranked European goalie by NHL Central Scouting.

In the Swedish junior league this season, he had a goals-against average of 2.59 and a save percentage of .905 in 24 games. Alnefelt also helped Sweden to the gold medal at the under-18 World Championship. He was 5-1 with a 2.75 GAA, .905 save percentage and one shutout.

“I would say I’m a pretty calm goalie who doesn’t make any bigger moves than I have to,” Alnefelt told reporters in Vancouver. “But I’m still pretty explosive. I like to stay on my feet pretty much.”

Maxim Cajkovic

89th (Third), RW, Slovakia

5-foot-5, 185 pounds

Cajkovic is coming off his first year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He led Saint John in goals (22), assists (24) and points over 60 games.

He also played for Slovakia in the under-18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament (two goals, two assists in four games) and the under-18 World Championship (three goals, four assists in seven games).

Scout Troy Dumville’s report for NHL Central Scouting, which ranked Cajkovic the 91st North American skater, credited his quick release, soft hands and a few beautiful goals.

Maxwell Crozier

120th (Fourth), D, Canada

6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Crozier spent last season in the USHL. He was Sioux Falls’ top-scoring defenseman with 43 points (10 goals) in 60 games and tallied 132 penalty minutes. Crozier led the Stampede in assists (seven) and tied for the team lead in playoff scoring (11 points) as Sioux Falls won the Clark Cup.

He was ranked the 85th North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

The 19-year-old was draft eligible last year but was not selected. He has committed to play at Providence College next season.

Related: MORE LIGHTNING: Where are the last five 27th overall picks now?

Quinn Schmiemann

182nd (Sixth), D, Canada

6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Schmiemann, a 17-year-old for another month, played this season in the Western Hockey League. He was Kamloops’ top-scoring defenseman with 28 points (23 assists) in 58 games and was named the team’s rookie of the year.

Mikhail Shalagin

198th (Seventh), LW, Russia

6-foot-4, 168 pounds

Shalagin spent most of the past three years playing in the Russian junior league, but he got a taste of the KHL with four games this season.

He was the leading goal scorer in the MHL, averaging more than a goal a game in the junior league with 48 goals (and 27 assists) in 43 games, and was named the league MVP.

McKade Webster

213th (Seventh), LW, United States

5-foot-10, 165 pounds

Webster spent the last two seasons with the USHL team Jon Cooper once coached but was injured most of the past year. The season prior, he had 11 goals and 30 points in 58 games with Green Bay.

He has committed to the University of Denver for next season.


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