2013 NHL Draft: Breaking It Down for the Tampa Bay Lightning

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#33 overall – Adam Erne, Left Wing, Quebec RempartsQuebec Major Junior Hockey League

Adam Erne is a very defensive minded forward who is not afraid to play physical when the need arises. He reminds me a lot of the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews.

Last season, Erne led the Remparts in scoring and assists. He scored 28 goals and 44 assists for a total of 72 points. 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.

Erne is incredibly quick. He may not look like much upon first glance, but when he gets going at top speed, he is just as likely to blow through a defenseman as he is to skate around him.

This type of bull rush offense is something that we haven’t seen on the Lightning in quite some time. I think it will be interesting to see what kind of impact he can make on the team once he is moved to the main roster.

There is a very distinct possibility that the 210-puck moving powerhouse could make the team in his very first outing. However, should he spend one more season in the QMJHL, it would give him an opportunity to perfect his physicality and could be a tremendous asset to him upon his debut on the main roster.

I cannot wait to see what this kid has to offer.

You can bet that this is one of the players you should be keeping a close eye on during prospect camp.

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