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National Hockey League Entry Draft

News and coverage of the NHL Entry Draft

Lightning NHL Draft Lottery Odds: So you’re telling me there’s a chance

The NHL draft lottery is Saturday, April 29th. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be a participant for the first time in four seasons.

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Brett Connolly and the disaster that was the 1st Round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

As with all drafts, things don’t always turn out the way we always hope.

2017 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Defenseman Miro Heiskanen

A disciplined Finnish defenseman already playing in Liiga, Heiskanen is an intriguing prospect.

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Expansion draft speculation: What's next for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

I ran a mock draft and wrote about who I'd trade and who I'd keep.

Scouting defensemen in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft for the Lightning

We take a look at some potential defensive draft prospects the Lightning could target.

A 2016 NHL Entry Draft preview for the Bolts

The 54th NHL Entry Draft will be held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, this weekend. The Lightning currently have 9 total selections.

Quick Strikes for Tuesday, June 7

Metallica rocks the Shark Tank, remembering a fallen photographer, Smashfest returns and more.

Lightning's Best Ever Late Round Draft Pick?

Ondrej Palat certainly gets a lot of attention on the Lightning now. But his career is still young and he has a lot left to do to over take the player this writer thinks was the best late round draft pick by the Lightning.

Checking in on the Lightning's 2011 Draft Class

This is the third in the Checking In... series of looks at the Lightning's drafts. And this is probably the most exciting one to do.

Checking in on the 2010 draft class

Last week, we took a look at where the 2014 Draft Class was... now let's go a little further back and look at the 2010 draft class.

Checking in on the 2014 draft class

Where are they now? How are they doing? What has happened to the Class of 2014?

The Dan Boyle Effect

Dan Boyle was a tremendous offensive defenseman for the Lightning during their run to the 2004 Stanley Cup. He'll forever be remembered fondly in Tampa, but his impact has gone on past his playing days.

Lightning 1st round rookies production compared

Rookie season production by 1st round draft picks in Lightning team history varies. Drouin's season sits near the top.

Swiss League becoming Landing Spot for players

The Swiss Men's professional ice hockey league is becoming something of a destination for in-between players; guys that for whatever reason aren't quite good enough to break into the NHL, but good enough to earn a better opportunity than in the AHL.

2010 Lightning Draft Class Review

Before Yzerman could put his staff in place, he had to use the old regime's staff for the 2010 draft. Like most of their previous drafts, it was not spectacular in the least and turned out to be fairly unproductive for the organization.

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Sabres acquire Robin Lehner, David Legwand

It seems slightly odd that Ottawa willingly made a trade with a Division rival... Again. With a goalie involved. Again.

It's OK to draft goalies

NHL teams shouldn't give up on drafting goaltenders. They should get better at drafting for all positions.

Lightning goalie development history

The Tampa Bay Lightning have never drafted and developed a true NHL goaltender, putting prospects Andrey Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis in historical perspective.

Point, DeAngelo lead team to 3on3 tourney win

Anthony DeAngelo, Brayden Point, Brendan O'Donnell, Jeff Costello, and Dylan Blujus are your 3-on-3 champions this year at Tampa Bay Lightning development camp.

Bolts take DiGiacinto, Darcy in late rounds

In the final two rounds of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected winger Cristiano DiGiacinto and moved up one more time to an earlier slot in the 7th round to take forward Cameron Darcy.

Bolts take Brayden Point in Round 3

The Tampa Bay Lightning moved up a spot in the third round to nab the highest scorer left on the board: center Brayden Point of the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL.

Bolts take D Dominik Masin, Johnathan MacLeod

The Tampa Bay Lightning select two more defenseman in the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Bolts take DeAngelo 19th overall

With the 19th overall pick, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected Anthony DeAngelo of the Sarnia Sting of the OHL.

NHL Draft: TV Schedule and Draft Order

The Tampa Bay Lightning take eight picks into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft starting tonight at 7 PM Eastern in Philadelphia.

What to expect from Ryan Callahan

Blueshirt Banter's Mike Murphy (known to Raw Charge through his old nickname, Dig Deep) fills us in on Ryan Callahan from a Ranger fan perspective.

Normal Goaltender Development: Age at Draft

Is there an ideal age for goaltenders to be drafted? Do older goalies do better than younger ones?

Normal Goaltender Development: Introduction

What is a "normal" career path for goaltenders drafted into the NHL?

Of long-reads, generalizations, and NHL D-men

Though the article cited is much longer and more fact-filled than it's being given credit for, it's generalizations rubbed me the wrong way... Especially speaking down about Roman Hamrlik.

2013 NHL Draft: What if...?

It's simply idle speculation, but would an NHL team have the the testicular fortitude to try to nab not one but two of the top prospects in the 2013 NHL draft?

Bolts will pick third in upcoming draft

The NHL Draft leaves the Tampa Bay Lightning unaffected and picking third.

2013 draft lottery open thread

The draft order for the 2013 NHL draft starts getting hammered out tonight, and the landing spot for WHL defenseman Seth Jones (projected to go first overall during the draft) will be much more clear.

2012 NHL Draft: Dylan Blujus, Brian Hart, Nikita Gusev among Tampa Bay Lightning's picks

A brief rundown of the Tampa Bay Lightning's selections and moves on Day Two of the 201 NHL Draft.