Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Draft 2014: Tampa Bay Lightning Select Brayden Point

The pick is in, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have selected center Brayden Point with the 79th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

This is the first time in this draft that the Lightning has selected something other than a defenseman.

As most of us here in the Bolts Nation are very aware of, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has certainly taken his stance in this year’s draft, and it has been a rather defensive one.

However, there were quite a few players that made the jump from the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse Crunch last season.

Players like Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and others made their mark on the NHL last season; the top two being named as a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy at the 2014 NHL Awards.

Now, joining the mix is Calgary native Brayden Point.

Point had a spectacular season in 2013-14 with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. The 5 foot 9 inch center played in 72 games with the Warriors last season, and in that time he scored 36 goals and 55 assists for a total of 91 points.

Saying that Point was the standout of his team last season would be a bit of a understatement. His 91 points put him in first place on his team; this was a good 36 points ahead of the next highest scoring player on the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Much like Dominik Masin, who was selected with the 35th overall pick, and Johnathan MacLeod, who was acquired with the 57th overall pick, MacLeod has some leadership skills of his own.

Point served as an assistant captain for Team Canada in the 2014 Under-18 World Championship where the team won the Bronze Medal.

While I will concede that the Lightning’s prospect pool is filled to the brim with solid, multi-faceted forwards, I wouldn’t exactly call it a problem to have too much of a good thing.

What this accomplishes is that when, Hockey Gods forbid, one of our players gets injured, we have enough viable players to make the move that no single part of our organization system is negatively affected by the move and the well-oiled machine will continue to run.

Development Camp is right around the corner. At this point, we will get a look at all of the prospects that are looking to make the jump next season; players like Jonathan Drouin and Adam Erne just to name a few.

When you add in all of this talent in one room, it brings the competitive spirit to a boiling point, and when that happens, fans are treated to some high-octane quality hockey.

I don’t know about you, but I am anxiously awaiting the beginning of camp. For many of the players who will be at camp this year, it will be our first opportunity to see players like Point put it all out on the line.

It should definitely be an exciting time.

What do you think of the latest addition to the Bolts Nation? What do you think he brings to the table when he joins the prospect pool this year? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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