The Lightning started off the second day of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by making a trade. With all of the top players on the wish list already gone, GM Jay Feaster chose to trade the first pick in the third round to San Jose in exchange for fourth- and fifth-round picks this year, plus a third-rounder next year.
The team went on to select seven players total on the day, adding to the huge start on Friday with the selection of Steven Stamkos
. Speaking of Stamkos, he showed up on the draft floor again to show support for some of his friends and teammates who were hoping to be chosen as well. He ended up having to get more involved than he planned, stopping by the New York Islanders’ draft table to pick up the jerseys and hats for linemates Justin DiBenedetto and Matthew Martin, who were both selected by the Islanders. Stamkos commented that he should receive five percent for acting as their agents.
Stamkos was corralled a couple of more times by the gathered media, and he mentioned that he might be heading to Tampa next Thursday to see the area. We’ll keep you informed about that one.
Finally, the “feel-good” moment of the draft came in the 7th round, when the Bolts chose defenseman David Carle from Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota. Projected to be a high pick in the draft, Carle withdrew his name last week when it was discovered he has a serious heart condition. Incoming Lightning owner Oren Koules pushed for the Lightning to make the pick anyway.
“The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I didn’t see a reason he shouldn’t be,” Koules explained.