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Bolts hope to turn Sammy Walker into next late round gem

After falling to Tampa Bay in the 7th round of the 2017 Draft, Walker has piled up accolades at the high school and collegiate levels

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have done well in recent drafts mining gems out of the later rounds when there are few National Hockey League players to be found, Ondrej Palat being the most obvious example.

The Lightning selected Palat in the seventh and final round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft with the 208th overall pick, just three spots away from the last selection for that draft class. Three years later, Palat had put up the third-most points (59) by a rookie all-time in Lightning history and finished second in voting for the NHL's Calder Trophy given to the newcomer of the year in the league.

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Lightning sign 2019 first round pick Nolan Foote to entry level contract

Foote skated in 66 games for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL last season, recording 63 points

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. The Lightning drafted Foote from the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League with the 27th overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia this past weekend. Nolan is the younger brother of the Lightning's 2017 first-round pick Cal Foote and the son of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote.

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Lightning announce 2019-20 schedule, presented by AdventHealth

Six of the Bolts' first seven games come against Atlantic Division opponents

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their 82-game regular season schedule for the 2019-20 season, presented by AdventHealth, today. The Lightning's season opener will take place on Thursday, October 3 as the Bolts host the Florida Panthers at AMALIE Arena. Tampa Bay will play six of its first seven games on the road, including a six-game road trip. Notable on this year's schedule will be the team's change to 7 p.m. start times from 7:30 p.m. for most weekday home games.

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Mishkin's Musings: On pets, hockey, and goodbyes

Dave Mishkin shares the story of Dr. Bruce Anthony, a vet and Lightning fan

by Dave Mishkin / TampaBayLightning.com

When I made the phone call, I suspected that I'd get voice mail. As it turned out, however, he answered almost immediately. 

"Hi Dave!! How are you?"

His voice sounded just the same. Enthusiastic. Jovial. A touch of the New England accent from his Massachusetts roots.

"Hi, Doc," I replied.

Doc was Dr. Bruce Anthony, our family's veterinarian for more than a decade. Also a devoted Lightning fan and longtime season ticket member. He got right down to business.

"What the heck happened?" he asked. "I cannot believe they lost four straight!"

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Lightning announce 2019 Development Camp roster

29 prospects will be in attendance at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon from June 25 to June 29

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced the roster for their 2019 Development Camp, presented by Florida Blue, which begins with testing on Tuesday, June 25 and culminates with the annual 3-on-3 tournament on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. The annual camp will feature the Lightning's top prospects, all 2019 NHL Draftees, invitees and more. The on-ice portion of the camp at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum is free and open to the public.

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Miller trade nets Bolts draft picks and salary cap breathing room

Tampa Bay picked up a conditional first-round pick, a 2019 third-round pick and goaltender Marek Mazanec in exchange for J.T. Miller

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Before the Tampa Bay Lightning made a selection Saturday during day two of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, they made headlines by trading forward J.T. Miller to Vancouver in a move with salary cap ramifications.

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Lightning make six picks on Day 2 of 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver

The Bolts selected three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender

by Press Release / TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning selected three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender on the second day of the NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia. The day started with the Lightning trading forward J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two draft picks and goaltender Marek Mazanec.

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Lightning select LW McKade Webster with seventh-round pick

Webster played in six games for Green Bay of the USHL last season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Lightning used their final selection at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver to take McKade Webster, a 5-foot-10, 167-pound forward from the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.

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Lightning select LW Mikhail Shalagin with seventh-round pick

Shalagin scored 48 goals in 43 games for Spartak 2 of the Russian junior league last season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay owns two selections in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Draft and used the first of those two to take Russian forward Mikhail Shalagin, a 19-year-old, left-handed-shooting winger from Moscow.

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Lightning select D Quinn Schmiemann with sixth-round pick

Schmiemann was the highest scoring defenseman for Kamloops of the WHL last season

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay continued to address its blueline depth with the selection of Quinn Schmiemann from Kamloops of the Western Hockey League using its sixth-round pick (182nd overall) at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

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