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Lightning now hold pair of first round picks in 2014 NHL Draft

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

A Game 7, 2-1 win by the New York Rangers Tuesday night versus the Pittsburgh Penguins helped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a pair of first-round draft picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft this June.

After trading captain Martin St. Louis hours before the trade deadline on March 5, the Lightning received forward Ryan Callahan, a conditional second round draft pick in 2014 and a first round draft pick in 2015. The conditional second-round pick turned into a first-round selection when the Rangers overcame a 3-1 series deficit against the Pens to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. They now await the winner of the Boston Bruins/Montreal Canadiens second-round winner.

The Bolts' additional pick will range from 26th to 29th, but is dependent on how far New York advances in the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The New Jersey Devils hold the 30th selection overall (the last pick in the first round) as part of the circumvention penalty for Ilya Kovalchuk. Tampa Bay also currently owns the 18th pick overall in the first round, but that may change.

Another stipulation with the St. Louis, Callahan swap is if Callahan re-signs with Tampa Bay, the Bolts swap draft picks with the Rangers in 2015 - giving up a second round pick to New York for a seventh round choice from the Rangers.

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