BUFFALO, N.Y. - After trading defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to the Arizona Coyotes for the 37th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft early on Saturday, Tampa Bay owned three picks in the second round.
With the final of those picks, the Lightning chose Taylor Raddysh, a physical right wing from the Erie Otters of the OHL.
“I can’t describe this,” Raddysh said about getting drafted. “It’s the best feeling of my life so far.”
Raddysh said he can be “a skilled, strong forward” who compares his game to current Lightning winger Alex Killorn.
“He’s a big, strong guy, skilled offensively,” Raddysh said of Killorn. “And he shows up in big games.”
Raddysh ranked third on the Otters for scoring after registering 24 goals and 49 assists in 67 regular season games to average over a point a game. He started the season in Erie on a nine-game point streak (5 goals, 9 assists). Raddysh also contributed 10 points in 12 playoff games for Erie.
Raddysh is 6-foot-2, 203 pounds and from Caledon, Ontario.