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Lightning select Otto Somppi at No. 206 at NHL Draft

by Bryan Burns / Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay owned two selections in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

With the first of those picks, the 206th overall, the Lightning chose Otto Somppi from Helsinki, Finland.

“I was really happy when I heard my name and it was Tampa,” the 18-year-old Somppi said.

A 6-foot, 180 pound center, Somppi recently completed his rookie season with Halifax of the QMJHL, where he recorded 13 goals and 33 assists in 59 games.

The left-handed shooter played for Finland at the 2016 U-18 World Championship and 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, scoring a goal in each competition.

Somppi said one of his favorite players in the NHL is fellow Finnish player Valtteri Filppula.

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