PHILADELPHIA - The Lightning were contacted a number of times about trading its first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (No. 19 overall), but found it more feasible to trade its second pick (No. 28 overall) instead.
With a draft full of second, third and fourth line-type players, as opposed to what the Bolts considered stars, they felt they could wait a little longer to get the type of players they were looking for.
That led to acquiring two second-round picks (Nos. 35 and 57 overall) from the New York Islanders.
“We’ve said all along, there are not a lot of stars in the draft,” director of amateur scouting Al Murray said. “We thought we could get a very similar, if not the same player at No. 35 that we could have got at No. 28.”
Yzerman also reinforced that Tampa Bay was confident in trading its pick.
“There is a group of players we like and we know we’re going to get one of them based on what’s there,” Yzerman said. “We were able to pick up another late second rounder too, so we’re pleased with the way things have gone.”
As it stands now the Bolts have seven selections left on Saturday. The draft resumes at 10 a.m. and can be watched on NHL Network.