BUFFALO, N.Y. - With their sixth round pick (178th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning went with a sizable Russian defenseman, selecting the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Oleg Sosunov.
The 18-year-old Sosunov accumulated 66 penalty minutes in 39 games for Loko-Yunior Yaroslav of the Russian Junior 2 league in 2015-16. He also put up four goals and eight assists.
Sosunov played three games with Yaroslavl 2 of the Russian Junior league last season as well.
In 2014-15 with Ryazan 2 of the Russian Junior 2 league, Sosunov contributed six goals, three assists and 50 penalty minutes in 49 games.
Sosunov was born in Ryazan, Russia. He’s a left-handed shooter.