BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tampa Bay opted for a forward with its fourth round pick (118th overall), taking center Ross Colton of Cedar Rapids in the USHL.
Colton scored 35 goals in 55 games for the RoughRiders in 2015-16, finishing second in the USHL behind only Rem Pitlick (46). Colton added 31 assists to finish with 66 points, tied for second in the league, and was plus-32 on the season. Colton led Cedar Rapids for goals, points, points per game (1.20), power-play goals (9), shots (209) and was tied for the team plus/minus lead this season.
In 2014-15 with Cedar Rapids, Colton tallied 18-15—33 points in 58 games.
Colton, from Robbinsville, New Jersey, stands 6 feet tall, weighs 190 pounds and is 19 years old. He’s a left-handed shot.