The Tampa Bay Lightning has selected center Mitchell Stephens from the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Tampa Bay Lightning fans had one heck of a long night last night. The Tampa Bay Lightning was originally scheduled to select 28th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft; however, just as the Lightning were about to make their way to the stage, a deal was struck and the Lightning would have to wait one more night to find out who their newest member of the Lightning family would be.
Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman had elected to trade the 28th overall pick in the draft to the New York Islanders in exchange for the 33rd and 72nd overall selections in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Finally, the day has come and we get to find out what we have been dying to know; who the Tampa Bay Lightning will be selecting with their first pick in the NHL Draft.
With the 33rd overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning has selected center Mitchell Stephens of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.
Mitchell Stephens could very well be a good addition to the Tampa Bay Lightning roster. While it may take another 1-2 seasons for him to develop his game and be ready to hit the ice at the Amalie Arena, Stephens is an incredibly fast player that has good puck handling skills.
Stephens played in 62 games last season with the Saginaw Spirit. In that amount of time he was able to earn himself 22 goals and 26 assists for a total of 48 points. Stephens also served as captain for the Canadian team in the 2015 IIHF Under 18 World Championship. The team would go on to win the bronze medal.
As we mentioned before, it will be at least a season or two until Stephens will really be ready to make the jump to the main roster, but when he does we have a good feeling that we can expect good things out of this young Peterborough native.
What do you think of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first selection in the 2015 NHL Draft? How long do you think it will be before Mitchell Stephens is able to crack the main roster? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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