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Lightning Make Seven Selections During Second Day of NHL Draft

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning made seven picks today during the second day of the 2010 NHL Draft at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"We are very pleased with the way things turned out for us this weekend," said Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman. "With eight draft picks, we had a nice opportunity to build upon our organizational depth and our scouts are quite happy with the players that we were able to select."

With the 63rd overall pick in the third round, the Lightning selected defenseman Brock Beukeboom from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Beukeboom is the son of four-time Stanley Cup champion Jeff Beukeboom who played 14 NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. Last season the younger Beukeboom registered seven goals and 26 points in 66 games for the Greyhounds. In two seasons he has amassed nine goals and 37 points in 121 games.

Beukeboom has competed internationally on three occasions. He represented Canada at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships, won gold at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and also won gold for Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Challenge. Beukeboom also won the hardest shot competition at the 2010 Top Prospects Game with a slap shot that registered at 92.4 miles per hour.

With the 66th overall selection in the third round, Tampa Bay selected defenseman Radko Gudas from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Gudas netted seven goals and recorded 37 points in 65 games for Everett last season. Prior to playing in North America he played for Beroun of the Czech second-tier league. In two seasons he recorded seven points in 56 games. Gudas also represented his country at the 2009 World Junior Championships, recording two goals and three points in six games.

With their final pick in the third round, 72nd overall, the Lightning selected defenseman Adam Janosik from the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Janosik spent the previous two seasons with Gatineau, recording 10 goals and 44 points in 85 games. Last season he notched nine goals and 35 points in 63 games. A native of Spiska Nova Ves, Slovakia, Janosik represented his country at the 2009 World Junior Championships, recording a goal and five points in six games.

With their first pick in the fourth round, 96th overall, Tampa Bay selected defenseman Geoffrey Schemitsch from the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. The Toronto native played his first OHL season in 2009-10 and recorded four goals and 40 points in 62 contests, leading all Attack blue-liners in points and ranking third overall on the team in assists.

With the 118th overall pick in the fourth round, the Lightning nabbed Philadelphia native James Mullin. Last season he played in 55 games with high school power house Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota, registering 32 goals and 72 points. It was his first season with the team.

With their only pick in the sixth round, 156th overall, Tampa Bay selected center Brendan O’Donnell from the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He recorded 29 goals and 61 points last season with the Blues in 53 games. He led the team in goals, assists and points.

Finally, with their last pick of the draft, 186th overall in the seventh round, the Lightning selected defenseman Teigan Zahn from the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. Last season Zahn recorded three assists in 44 games with the Blades. He has spent the previous five seasons with Saskatoon, amassing nine goals and 41 points in 215 games. He has played in 17 postseason games, notching a goal and five points. A native of Bethune, Saskatchewan, Zahn was previously drafted by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2008 entry draft, but re-entered this season.

Round Pick Player Team

1 6 RW Brett Connolly Prince George (WHL)

3 63 D Brock Beukeboom Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

3 66 D Radko Gudas Everett (WHL)

3 72 D Adam Janosik Gatineau (QMJHL)

4 96 D Geoffrey Schemitsch Owen Sound (OHL)

4 118 C/RW James Mullin Shat. St. Mary’s (USHS)

6 156 C Brendan O’Donnell Winnipeg South (MJHL)

7 186 D Teigan Zahn Saskatoon (WHL)

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