In the second day of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Lightning welcomed two newcomers to the organization. First, picked 40th overall was defenseman Dylan Blujus and then right-wing Brian Hart was selected 53rd.
Dylan Blujus; an Amherst, New York native; played the 2009-2010 season with the Buffalo Regals U-18 team. The defenseman played in 48 games with the Regals where he scored 5 goals and tallied 17 assists while amassing 36 penalty minutes.
Prior to the 2010-2011 season Blujus was selected by the Brampton Battalion in the 3rd round, 60th overall in the OHL Priority Entry Draft. The 6’3″ defenesman would dress in 67 games with the Battalion during the 2010-2011 season. The 193 pound Blujus netted 4 goals and helped on 22 goals. Dylan also collected 26 penalty minutes.
The right-handed defenseman was an offensive powerhouse back on the blue line for the 2011-2012 season. Dylan would go on to play in 66 games with Brampton where he recorded 4 goals and amassed 27 assists and had 38 minutes in penalties. Blujus received an invite to the 2012 NHL Draft Combine where he ranked an impressive 71st amongst North American skaters.
Blujus has the potential to be an offensive force on the blue line for the Lightning a couple years down the road. The 1994 born d-man is not ready to make the jump to the pro game just yet. When Blujus does arrive in Tampa, he will remind them of current Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. Both are defensivemen that stand over 6 foot. Both have a knack for notching assists and both defensemen play with an offensive mindset.
Picked 53rd by the Lightning right-wing Brian Hart from Exeter High School of the USHS. The Cumberland, Mass native has committed to Harvard University men’s hockey team for the upcoming season. Last year he played in 29 games with Exeter and tallied 32 goals and notched 36 assists ending the season with 20 minutes in penalties. The 216 pound winger has supurb size and speed.
Hart posses a cannon of a shot with a speedy release. Hart has to work on the 1st step of his stride and could use size to his advantage to gain the puck from the opposition. This will all come in time for Hart. The Mass native has the potential to be a power forward who has skills down low in front of the net. Along with being drafted this summer, Brian was invited to the US National camp in August were he would compete for a spot on the 2013 World Junior tournament.
Hart will remind Lightning fans of current Bolt Adam Hall. Both are similar in stature and both are power forwards who can be a menace down low. If Hart is smart, he will finish his degree at Harvard while competing on the men’s hockey team before turning pro. It will be a little over 4 years, if not longer, before he can make the jump to the pro game.