The Tampa Bay Lightning had to wait three hours to make their opening selection of the 2015 NHL Draft.
When it came time to make the pick, the Lightning traded it away.
Tampa Bay traded out of the first round of the Draft, swapping its opening pick, No. 28 overall, to the New York Islanders for a second-round (No. 33) and third-round (No. 72) selection.
The Lightning will have to wait until Saturday to make its first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, being held at BB&T Center (home of the Florida Panthers) in Sunrise, Fla. The Draft resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. with rounds two through seven.
“We think picking at 28, there’s a group of players who we think we’ll be able to get moving back five spots and then picking up another pick,” Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. “That’s the way it plays out. Anytime we can pick up an extra draft choice, we try to do that.”
The Lightning now have 10 picks on Saturday: two second rounders (Nos. 33 and 44 overall), two third rounders (No. 64 and 72), two fourth-round selections (Nos. 118 and 120), a fifth-round pick (No. 150), two sixth rounders (Nos. 153 and 180) and a seventh rounder (No. 208).
“Honestly, if I do anything (Saturday), it would be again to move back,” Yzerman said. “I don’t see us moving up in any situation. But, you never know.”
The Lightning go without a first-round draft pick for the first time since 2007.
Yzerman said Friday’s trade came about as the First Round progressed.
“As you’re sitting there and your pick is coming up, teams are calling to see if you want to move back,” Yzerman said. “We looked into possibly moving up. That didn’t work out, and then when it came time to make a decision based on what your list looks like, you move back.”
Now with pick No. 33, Tampa Bay will make the third selection on Saturday.