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Lightning trade up to take forward Brayden Point in third round

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

PHILADELPHIA - The Tampa Bay Lightning traded its third-round pick (80th overall) for the Minnesota Wild’s 79th pick to select forward Brayden Point.

“There are a lot of nerves and you wonder if you’re going to get picked,” Point said. “When you’re finally chosen it’s a really good feeling. I’m really happy I was picked by Tampa.”

Point played 72 games with the Western Hockey League's Moose Jaw Warriors during the 2013-14 campaign, recording 91 points (36 goals, 55 assists). The center also added two assists in four games with Canada during the World Championships Under-18 tournament this year.

"My offense is one of the better parts of my game," Point said. "I think whatever people take from my game is what I produce. Defensively I also need to work on stuff and I'm going to try to focus on that."

The Wild also receive the Lightning’s seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, which the Bolts acquired in Friday’s trade for blueliner Jason Garrison.

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