The main event of Friday was clearly the first round of 2019 NHL Entry Draft. This year the Tampa Bay Lightning had the 27th overall pick and Geo discussed why it could have been worth it to trade the first round selection [Raw Charge]
Once you start getting towards the end of the first round, the difference between players becomes smaller and smaller. There is a very steep drop off that goes from the top two or three players, then through the top 10 and top 20. Once you get around pick 20, the value curve flattens out greatly. Draft boards also tend to be set up into tiers.
In reality, the Lightning decided to retain their pick and for the 27th overall pick selected left winger Nolan Foote from the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. He joins his older brother Cal Foote, who has been selected in the first round of 2017 NHL Draft by the Lightning.
.@foote_nolan Congrats buddy! So proud of you... you and Cal are gonna have a blast together!— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) June 22, 2019
Foote fits into the Lightning system as another forward that can slide into the middle six eventually. He brings a bigger game than a lot of the Lightning’s prospects and is also an older prospect in this draft class. Like brother Cal, he’ll only need one more year in the WHL before he is eligible to join the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL. The Lightning could potentially be graduating a number of forward prospects in the next year or two and Foote’s quick progression to the AHL will help fill that void. At 6’3”, he joins Taylor Raddysh as the tallest Lightning forward prospect and with another 10 pounds on his frame, he would be one of the heaviest as well.
#tblightning scouting director Al Murray said Nolan Foote was in a group of five players they hoped would be there at 27, thrilled to get him. Size, hockey sense. “He’s got an NHL shot right now.”— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) June 22, 2019
The 2019 NHL Draft continues today at 1:00 p.m. EST. The Lightning have the 89th, 120th, 182th, 198th and 213th overall picks.
In non-draft news, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Florida Panthers on their home opener night in October.
The NHL Draft
As always, the NHL Draft started with a speech by the NHL commissioner Gary Bettman who has been traditionally booed by the audience in Vancouver. To avoid this situation Bettman has brought with him on stage two former Vancouver Canucks players Daniel and Henrik Sedin. As it was announced, the Canucks are going to retire their numbers during the celebration in February.
“With the first pick overall, the New Jersey Devils are proud to select from the US program, Jack Hughes.” pic.twitter.com/z4OAVorFOw— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) June 22, 2019
As the 3rd overall pick the Colorado Avalanche selected Bowen Byram. The future Avalanche blueline’s looking impressive.
This sets the #Avs up to have the following defense of the future:— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) June 22, 2019
Probably the biggest surprise of the first round is Moritz Seider who has been selected by the Detroit Red Wings as 6th overall pick.
That's it. No OHLer in the opening 10 picks for the first time in 33 years.— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) June 22, 2019
The Arizona Coyotes traded up to take defenseman Victor Soderstrom as the 11th overall pick.
A pretty Swede pick if you ask us. pic.twitter.com/QmHWmdyUAL— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) June 22, 2019
Spencer Knight has become the only goaltender who has been selected in the first round. He’s the newest member of the Florida Panthers organization.
"I like his size, I like his athleticism, his composure, his hockey sense, he handles the puck well, and he's aggressive at the top of his crease. He's the total package." - #FlaPanthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager on @slknight30. #CatsDraft pic.twitter.com/CGd7r1tYF5— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) June 22, 2019
Syracuse native Thomas Harley is heading to the Dallas Stars as the 18th overall pick
Here’s the complete list of the first round picks.
Final NHL Draft Picks Nationalities:— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) June 22, 2019
Germany: 1 https://t.co/pSk8xDetA2
No NHL player has been traded during the first day, according to reports it might be connected with concern about the salary cap
GMBM said there was zero trade talk tonight because of concerns about the salary cap. It hasn't been set yet and it might (probably will) go down to about $80 million for next season. Weird that there were no trades tonight.— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) June 22, 2019