The Tampa Bay Lightning have selected right wing Carter Ashton of the Lethbridge Hurricanes with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
“We are extremely thrilled to get the guy we had 11th overall on our list,” Lawton said. “We’re glad we had the opportunity trade up and take Carter where we got him. We fully expect him to be a power forward in the NHL. We welcome Carter to the Lightning organization.”
Ashton, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, recorded 30 goals and 50 points with Lethbridge last season. He led the Hurricanes in goals and power play goals with 10 while ranking fifth in points. Ashton also played in 11 playoff games, recording a goal and three points.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ashton has compiled 35 goals and 59 points in 112 career WHL games, all with Lethbridge. His 2007-08 season was shortened due to an injury, though he still played in 40 games, recording five goals and nine points. During his career with the Hurricanes he played in a total of 30 post-season games, recording a goal and four points.
Tampa Bay acquired the 29th overall pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for the 32nd and 75th overall picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.