The Tampa Bay Lightning has made their second selection of the 2013 NHL Draft. With the 33rd overall selection, the Lightning has selected Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Erne played 68 games with the Quebec Remparts last season. In that time, he scored 28 goals and 44 assists along with a plus-11 rating. Those numbers were good enough for him to lead the Remparts in scoring.
Before the Remparts were defeated by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the second round of the post season, Erne was able to score 5 goals and 5 assists for another 10 points.
He also competed for Team USA in the 2012 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. In four games, he was able to score 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points. He was also named Player of the Game in Team USA’s only win over Slovakia.
I think after a year or two to develop, he could turn into a solid 2nd or 3rd line guy. He may not have quite the firepower of our first draft of the day, Jonathan Drouin, but he is still a solid player who can make plays when necessary.
The Director of NHL Central Scouting, Dan Marr, had this to say about Erne.
He’s got a good offensive game, can contribute and put up numbers, but he’ll battle and play physical when needed and that’s what excites the scouts.” ~ via NHL.com
If nothing else, this year’s Prospect Development Camp will be interesting to watch. There is so much young talent looking to battle their way onto the Tampa Bay Lightning’s main roster.
You can guarantee you will see some hard hitting, fast skating, and all out determination on the ice.
What do you think of the Lightning’s second pick of the day? Are you looking forward to Prospect Development Camp this year? Let us know how you feel in the comments below.
Stay tuned to Bolts By The Bay all day as we will have continuing coverage of the 2013 NHL Draft. We’ll keep you up to date on all the latest trade news, deal chatter, and most importantly the Lightning’s selections.