The last bit of the Lightning's off season "To Do" list got scratched off today: Tampa Bay has signed defenseman Daniel Walcott to an entry-level contract:
#tblightning announce D Danny Walcott signed to an entry level contract, acquired from NYR in May— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) September 17, 2015
Walcott was obtained by Tampa in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL draft. Walcott has played one game at the AHL level with the Hartford Wolf Pack. He finished the game -1 with no points or penalties. Walcott scored 7 goals and had 34 assists and was +20 with 40 penalty minutes in 54 QMJHL regular season games.
Walcott was a rare 19-year-old rookie in the QMJHL when he stepped in to fill a big role in his first year of junior hockey. Despite his inexperience, he played a mature game with poise befitting his lack of experience at a high level. Contributing at both ends of the ice with a physical edge to his game, Walcott's puck-moving skills are top notch.
I got to see some of that game personally when I attended the Boot Camp charity hockey tournament this past August in Quebec. I found that Walcott more than held his own against more seasoned professional players, some of whom had NHL experience. He blended well with his teammates and was visible for the right reasons.
Walcott is slated for Syracuse, where his presence will absolutely help the Crunch's blue line:
Walcott can help Syracuse this year. Has some grit, moves the puck, skates well. Refinement needed, but they all need that.— Bolt Prospects (@BoltProspects) September 17, 2015
Raw Charge staffer GeoFitz put forth the following possible d-pairings for the Lightning's top developmental affiliate:
Slater Koekkoek-Anthony DeAngelo
Matt Taormina-Dylan Blujus
Daniel Walcott-Jake Dotchin
Joey Mormina-Charlie Dodero