Here, we take a look at the selection order for the 2014 NHL Draft and break down when the Tampa Bay Lightning will make their selections.
The time we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. Tonight, all of the greatest young talent in the world of hockey will be descending upon the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with the hopes of being selected by a team in the National Hockey League and thus beginning their journey in the world of professional hockey.
Also descending upon the home of Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers are the league’s General Managers, Scouting Agents, and other various team staff who are ready to start wheeling and dealing as they make their selections and hopefully find their respective team’s next star.
One of those general managers who will be doing all the wheeling and dealing over the course of the next two days will be Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman.
Now, we will break down for you exactly when the Lightning will be making their selections, barring any deals and trades, so that you know when all the action will be taking place.
In round one, the Lightning has two selections. The first of those selections will be at number 19, right behind the Minnesota Wild.
For their second and final selection of the round, they will be selecting in the 28th position just following the Chicago Blackhawks.
This pick was acquired from the New York Rangers as a part of the trade that saw former Lightning captain Martin St. Louis head to the Rangers and former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan head down south to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In the second round, the Lightning has just one selection. This will be made in the 50th overall position, right behind the Buffalo Sabres.
When the third round rolls around, the Bolts will also have only one selection. This selection will be made in the 80th overall position following behind the Minnesota Wild once again.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has no selections in the fourth round, having traded that pick away to the St. Louis Blues. However, this means that they will have two selections in the fifth round.
The Bolts will make their first selection in the fifth round in the 140th overall position just behind the Minnesota Wild. Then they will select once again two spots later in the 142nd overall position following the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Lighting has one selection in the sixth round, which will take place in the 170th overall position.
In the seventh round, the Lightning will make their eighth and final selection, barring any trades of course, in the 200th overall position.
To make things just a little easier, here is a quick breakdown of the information above.
|Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2014 NHL Draft Selection Positions|
|Round 1||19th and 28th overall|
|Round 2||20th of the round / 50th overall|
|Round 3||20th of the round / 80th overall|
|Round 5||20th and 22nd of the round / 140th and 142nd overall|
|Round 6||20th of the round / 170th overall|
|Round 7||20th of the round / 200th|
There is still a lot of speculation as to who Yzerman will be looking at when our time comes; however, that will remain a mystery to us until the time comes.
It is near impossible to know just who will be available that late in the round, and what plan Yzerman has in mind for the Lightning’s future. As you know, in times like this, things can change in a heartbeat so if you want to know all the latest then you’ll have to watch and find out.
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