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Lightning sign top draft pick Jack Finley

The second-round pick is the first Tampa Bay selection to sign.
In this 2018 photo, Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley (26) checks Everett Silvertips forward Jalen Price (27) into the boards.
In this 2018 photo, Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley (26) checks Everett Silvertips forward Jalen Price (27) into the boards. [ CHRISTOPHER MAST | ZUMAPRESS.com ]
Published Dec. 12, 2020
Updated Dec. 12, 2020

TAMPA — The Lightning signed forward Jack Finley to a three-year entry contract, the team announced Saturday.

Tampa Bay traded its two first-round selections at last year’s trade deadline to acquire forwards Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow, who both helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in September. During October’s draft, they traded up five spots in the second round, making a deal with Montreal to acquire the 57th overall pick to take Finley.

Related: Why did the Lightning trade up to draft Jack Finley?

At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, the 18-year-old already has great size and pedigree. The son of 15-year NHL veteran Jeff Finley, he scored 19 goals and had 57 points in 61 games last season with the Spokane Chiefs, a major junior team in the Western Hockey League.

Finley is the first member of this year’s Lightning draft class to sign.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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