LIGHTNING MAKE 9 SELECTIONS AT 2007 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
“We, as an organization, had a very productive day,” Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster said. “We drafted a lot of players who can skate well, and potentially the two best skaters in the draft in Dana Tyrell and Matt Marshall. We also picked up a goaltender that Associate Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab has been very high on [Torrie Jung] and a mobile defenseman in Michael Ward. Again we are very pleased with our draft.”
Tyrell, 18, a native of Airdrie, Alberta, spent the 2006-07 season with Prince George of the Western Hockey League, registering 30 goals and adding 26 assists in 70 games. He finished first on his team with 16 power-play goals and second on his team in scoring with 56 points. Tyrell played at the Under-17 World Championships with Team Pacific and was tied for first on the team in scoring with 10 points in six games. In February 2007, Tyrell was named WHL Draft Prospect of the Month after registering 16 points in 14 games. In 2005-06, he was named the Prince George Cougars’ Rookie of the Year and Scholastic Player of the Year.
With their second selection of the day in the third round, 75th overall, Tampa Bay selected 6 foot, 190-pound center Luca Cunti from Zurich, Switzerland. In 28 games during the 2006-07 season he scored three goals and tallied 23 points. Cunti played for Team Switzerland at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships and lead the team in goals with three. The left-hand shot was ranked 12th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting entering the draft and is regarded as a highly-skilled forward with excellent speed.
With the 77th overall selection in the third round the Lightning selected center Alexander Killorn from Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. This past season the 6 foot, 161-pound native of Halifax, Nova Scotia skated in 26 games and scored 18 goals and 14 assists. The 17-year-old announced in February that he had verbally committed to play for Harvard starting in the fall of 2008. He helped lead Deerfield Academy to a 13-9-4 record in the 2006-07 season.
With their 107th overall selection in the fourth round, the Lightning chose left wing Mitch Fadden from Lethbridge of the WHL. A 6 foot, 174-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia, he scored 36 goals and added 48 assists in 71 games in 2006-07. Fadden, 19, was named WHL and CHL Player of the Week on Feb. 5, 2007 after registering 12 points, including back-to-back hat tricks, in four games. He was ranked 51st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
The Lightning then acquired the Ottawa Senators 150th, 183rd and 210th selections in the 2007 Entry Draft in exchange for the Tampa Bay’s 2008 fourth-round selection.
With the 150th overall selection in the fifth-round, the Lightning selected 6-1, 175-pound forward Matt Marshall of Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts. The Boston native scored 14 goals and added 10 assists in the 2006-07 season. Marshall was ranked 63rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, and is expected to play for the University of Vermont’s in 2007-08.
With the 167th overall selection in the sixth round, the Lightning chose 21-year-old left wing Johan Harju from Sweden. A 6-3, 205-pound native of Overtarnea, Sweden, Harju registered 12 goals and 22 points in 55 games in the 2006-07 season with Lulea of the Swedish Elite League. In 98 career games with Lulea in the Swedish Elite League, Harju has recorded 15 goals, 11 assists and 38 penalty minutes.
With the 183rd overall selection in the seventh round, the Lightning selected goaltender Torrie Jung from the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. The 6-1, 169-pound native of Nanaimo, British Columbia played in 33 games in 2006-07 and posted a 3.46 goals-against average and recorded one shutout. Jung was ranked 24th among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.
With the 197th overall selection in the seventh round, the Lightning selected 6-foot-two, 180-pound defenseman, Michael Ward from Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Shippagan, New Brunswick native played in 58 games with Lewiston in 2006-07, registering seven assists and 39 penalty minutes.
With their final selection, the Lightning chose Justin Courtnall from Burnaby of the British Columbia Hockey League in the seventh round, 210th overall. The 6-3, 185-pound left wing registered five goals and nine assists in 53 games in 2006-07. Courtnall is the son of former NHL star Geoff Courtnall.