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Lightning Round: Tampa Bay reportedly invites young center to prospect camp

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Believe it or not, the Lightning’s prospect development camp is probably just over a month away. Usually it takes place just after the draft and with this season’s selections set to be made June 28th and 29th, Tampa Bay will likely host their youngsters sometime in early July. As always, there will be some non-drafted players invited that they might be interested in signing as free agents. One such name has popped up already as it’s being reported that Dartmouth center Luke Haymes has received an invitation.

Haymes, who turns 21 this July, has played at Darmouth the last two seasons and accumulated 52 points (29 goals, 23 assists) in 61 games. The 6’1″, 185-pound pivotman attended the Maple Leafs development camp last season before returning to school and putting up 18 goals and 18 assists. That goal total was good enough to put him second in the ECAC behind Colin Graf’s 22.

There was some speculation that he might sign a pro contract after Dartmouth’s season ended this spring, but it looks like he might head back to school for another season. By inviting him to development camp, the Lightning could get a head start on signing him after next season.

They likely noticed him while keeping an eye on 2021 draft pick Cooper Flinton, who was his linemate at the end of the season.

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With that, Raw Charge is taking the weekend off and heading out to the mountains. Depending on cellphone coverage, we will update any breaking news over the weekend. If nothing happens, we’ll be back late on Monday to resume our off-season coverage. Enjoy the holiday weekend, folks!

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