The Tampa Bay Lightning has made their fourth selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, and with the 79th overall selection, they have picked center Brayden Point.
As most of you know, this is the first non-defense player that the Lightning has chosen in this year’s draft.
Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman made a strong commitment to the defense this year, drafting three defensemen before Point.
On the flip side, with all of the young talent that made the jump from the development system onto the main roster last season, in addition to the move I am fairly certain we are going to see this season, we are going to have a few holes to fill on offense.
This is where Brayden Point comes in.
Now that everyone has an idea of what the young Calgary native could potentially bring to the table, fans have begun to take to places like Twitter to express their reactions to the newest member of the Bolts Nation.
Let’s take a look at what some of those fans have to say.
#TBLightning third-round pick C Brayden Point is small (5-foot-10), but a playmaker, with 91 points in WHL last sesaon. Dynamic forward
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) June 28, 2014
Thank you Steve Yzerman for BRAYDEN POINT!!!!
— Matt Gagnon (@Jayslightning79) June 28, 2014
TB select Brayden Point. Not insane to think he ends up the best player from their draft class.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) June 28, 2014
#TBLightning select Brayden Point!!! TERRRIFIC VALUE FOR 3rd round!!!
— Eric DuBose (@Acehawk74) June 28, 2014
A bit late, but congrats to Moose Jaw Warriors Brayden Point selected by TB. This has Regina-based Al Murray’s finger prints all over.
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX) June 28, 2014
The Tampa Bay Lightning got a steal… snagging Brayden Point in the third round.
— Kelly Friesen (@KellyFriesen) June 28, 2014
I seriously would’ve been happy with Brayden Point at 35. Getting him at 79 is insanity.
— The Hockey Hitman (@thehockeyhitman) June 28, 2014
Nice work, Mr Yzerman. Brayden Point is a steal in Rd 3. #PointLightning
— Matt Brown (@BrowndogPsyche) June 28, 2014
While he may be a year or two away from actually skating out on the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Lightning blue, there is no denying that he is going to be a very valuable asset to the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I have to give Yzerman credit for his forward vision. It is certainly paying off for us right now.
What do you think about the newest member of the Lightning organization? What do you think he brings to the table for the Bolts? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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