Peter Budaj Jr. may love his dad, but his favorite Tampa Bay Lightning player is Nikita Kucherov.
The Lightning goalie's 7-year-old son was asked his favorite player on the team and answered Kucherov, emphatically, during a first intermission interview during Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup Playoff opener against the New Jersey Devils.
Budaj Jr. quickly realized a grounding may be in his future after his initial answer and added that his dad was also his favorite player.
The younger Budaj was interviewed as the Lightning's Thunder Kid, who hypes up the crowd before every Tampa Bay home game at Amalie Arena, and was representing the Brandon Jr. Bulls in the Tampa suburb of Brandon, Fla.
Budaj Jr., a defenseman for his youth team, might just be a little salty toward his dad. He admitted he hasn't yet scored on his old man.