Director of amateur scouting Al Murray broke down where each of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s seven draft picks are expected to play in 2014-15 following the NHL Draft.
That included second-round pick, Dominik Masin (35th overall), expressing his interest in coming to North America next season, after playing juniors in the Czech Republic last year. The blueliner will work with his agent to join a team in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).
Additional second-rounder, Johnathan MacLeod (57th overall) is committed to Boston University, while the Lightning’s 185th selection overall in the seventh round, Cameron Darcy, has the ability to either play in juniors with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s (QMJHL) Cape Brenton Screaming Eagles or go pro as a 19-year-old free agent.
“Darcy will go to development camp and training camp in the fall and will show us where he wants to play,” Murray said. “It’s up to how he plays and how he impresses us.”
This is a similar situation that happened to 2013-14 Calder Trophy finalist, Ondrej Palat, three years ago when he was drafted by the Lightning in the seventh round (208th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
“There were teams lining up to invite Darcy to camp, which was the same thing with Palat three years ago,” Murray said. “Once you draft him no one else can take him to camp.”
Palat may have proved to be a steal, by leading the Bolts for scoring with 59 points during the 2013-14 campaign, however Murray urged that Darcy is not yet an Ondrej Palat.
“Although two years ago Ondrej Palat wasn’t Ondrej Palat,” Murray said.
As for the rest of the Lightning prospects drafted over the weekend, including first-round pick Anthony DeAngelo (19th overall), they are expected to return to their junior teams next season.
Below includes a full list of each prospect and where they are expected to play in 2014-15:
First round (19th overall) Anthony DeAngelo – OHL’s Sarnia Sting
Second round (35th overall) Dominik Masin – CHL (team TBD)
Second round (57th overall) Johnathan MacLeod – NCAA’s Boston University
Third round (79th overall) Brayden Point – WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors
Fourth round (119th overall) Ben Thomas – WHL’s Calgary Hitmen
Fifth round (170th overall) Cristiano DiGiacinto – OHL’s Windsor Spitfires
Seventh round (185th overall) Cameron Darcy - TBD