Yesterday was the prom of prospect season, and Tampa Bay Lightning selected ... Not Timothy Liljegren, not Kailer Yamamoto, but Cal Foote. While we all trust in the Yzerplan, we have some thoughts about this.
Cal Foote, the RHD that Tampa Bay Lightning was looking for: “The instant reaction to Foote by a lot of fans is “Why not Liljegren?” And that’s a very good question to ask. Brannstrom, Valimaki, and Vaakanainen are left-handed defensemen. After the Lightning acquired Mikhail Sergachev in the Jonathan Drouin trade, they’ve set themselves up with a very good left handed prospect to slot in behind Victor Hedman in the future. Not to mention fellow left-handers Slater Koekkoek, Dominic Masin, and Libor Hajek who all have good upside on the left side.” [Raw Charge]
By the way, check out the Raw Charge Facebook page for some Live video taken by JustinG at the Draft! [RC FB]
Here’s the announcement article. “Not as big of an offensive force as some other defensive prospects that were available, Foote plays a strong two-way game. He has plenty of size and plays a physical game. The Rockets used him in all situations and put him on ice for big minutes throughout the season. He was also one of the prospects that we covered in our scouting series.” [Raw Charge]
Important. We’ll just have to give that a new paint job:
And this was his zamboni bed growing up. https://t.co/vpYdpJxtcA pic.twitter.com/9ofFsYaz3J— Andi Duroux (@andidee15) June 24, 2017
The Kelowna Rockets were extra proud of their kid, who sported the new 25th anniversary patch:
The future wearing history. ⚡️ #Bolts25 pic.twitter.com/cKyNmdtIik— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 24, 2017
Another defenseman coming out of the @Kelowna_Rockets system is now a member of the @TBLightning - Cal Foote taken 14th overall pic.twitter.com/6TkipSGlgy— Marshall Mackinder (@Mackinder1861) June 24, 2017
Congrats to @Kelowna_Rockets defenceman Cal Foote, selected 14th overall by @TBLightning in the 2017 #NHLDraft! pic.twitter.com/9ISot9HHOs— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) June 24, 2017
Lightning unveil new adidas road jersey: "Now seven years later, we feel the time has come to remove the 'Tampa Bay' from our road uniform for a more clean and consistent look, leaving simply our trademark lightning bolt logo. In addition, along with our great partners at adidas, we're extremely excited to invite Lightning fans to celebrate with us by receiving a free 25th anniversary patch when they pre-order their new adidas jersey." [NHL.com]
Presented without comment:
Away jerseys are looking Pre-order yours June 24 in stores only! ⚡️— Tampa Bay Sports (@ShopTBSports) June 23, 2017
HOURS: https://t.co/BRFoSwjaof pic.twitter.com/rFIeXwWOdV
The draft continues today at 9 AM. Keep yourself refreshing our front page for more!
The AHL got into the spirit of the draft by posting some draft day pictures of current and former stars. Among them was this cutie:
Before backstopping the @SyracuseCrunch to the 2017 #CalderCup Finals, @MikeMcKenna56 was a @PredsNHL pick in the 2002 #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/RoFpaZe1cF— AHL (@TheAHL) June 23, 2017
Yesterday’s first round of the 2017 NHL entry draft was tracked by SBNation over here. [SBN]
The Coyotes and the Blackhawks swapped players yesterday pre-draft:
#Blackhawks acquire defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) June 23, 2017
But the Blackhawks weren’t done! They then invited the Blue Jackets to their pre-draft party:
TRADE:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 23, 2017
F Brandon Saad
G Anton Forsberg
2018 5th RD pick
F Artemi Panarin
F Tyler Motte
2017 6th RD pick
Then Columbus added the Wild:
TRADE:— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 23, 2017
F Dante Salituro
F Jordan Schroederhttps://t.co/pOmLyOFpH0
It isn’t just goaltending: NHL teams are just bad at drafting at all positions after the bottom of the first round. [In Goal Mag]
T.J. Oshie has re-signed for 8 more seasons with the Washington Capitals. [SB Nation NHL]
Buffalo’s top goaltending prospect is going to free agency:
Cal Petersen will go to free agency, Botterill says— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) June 23, 2017
It’s never too early to be thinking about the trade deadline, right?
The 2018 NHL trade deadline will be on February 26th, at 3pm ET (40th day immediately preceding the final day of the regular season [Apr 7])— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 23, 2017
Arizona has a coaching vacancy. The person who might fill it is well known to Crunch fans:
One name that will get attention for the ARIZ vacancy -- Todd Nelson of AHL champion Grand Rapids. We'll see where it goes.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 23, 2017
Do you want to know where you’d be drafted? Take a quiz!
Attention NHL prospects: this personality quiz will reveal which round you'll be drafted in.https://t.co/f9n3Q1NWof pic.twitter.com/aOAX6W63X2— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 23, 2017
Wondering how a team got a specific draft pick? Cap Friendly has you covered!
If at any point you find yourself on a team pg wondering how that team acquired a specific pick, you can click on it to see all the details. pic.twitter.com/0tVNhjZKUN— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 23, 2017
Crunch rival Rochester is slowly filling out their coaching staff:
Report from @PierreVLeBrun is that Randy Sexton will be hired as Assistant GM for #Rochester. He was also here during the Florida years.— Let's Go Amerks (@LetsGoAmerks) June 23, 2017
Sean O’Rourke of the Kalamazoo Wings with a puppy!
If any picture could relay how awesome that #FridayFeeling is, it'd be @Rourkey_25 with a puppy. pic.twitter.com/AejsgQkLwV— Kalamazoo Wings (@KalamazooWings) June 23, 2017
And at the end of the night was this!
Brayden Schenn to STL for Lehtera, the 27th pick and a conditional first next year— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 24, 2017