The pick is in, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have selected forward Cameron Darcy from the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the 185th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman used his last pick in this year’s draft to stray away one final time from his pattern of drafting defensemen to draft another solid forward.
Darcy is a very versatile player who can play both center and right wing.
Last season Darcy suited up for 65 games with the Cape Breton Eagles. In that amount of time, he scored 35 goals and 47 assists for a total of 82 points along with his plus-3 rating.
Those 82 points put him in first place on the Eagles with his nearest competition 3 points behind him. He was 9th overall in the QMJHL in points as well. This is just 26 points and 6 spots behind another Tampa Bay Lightning prospect; Jonathan Drouin.
I will concede that the Lightning have a good number of forwards already in their system looking for their chance to make the jump to the main roster, this brings me to two points.
Firstly, I think it is a safe assumption that Drouin may be making the jump to the main roster in the coming season. If not, I may just call shenanigans. This will mean that there will be room in the developmental system for a forward that can be held to his level of play; something I think Darcy can accomplish.
Secondly, having too many of a vital position is not exactly what I would call a bad thing.
Development Camp is right around the corner, providing fans with their first real opportunity to see what the future truly holds for the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the level of talent that was added to the Developmental System in this year’s draft, you can bet that competition at Development Camp is going to be at an all-time high.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!
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