Lightning select six players on second day of NHL Draft
PHILADELPHIA - The Tampa Bay Lightning made six selections during day two of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
With the 35th overall selection in the second round, the Lightning drafted defenseman Dominik Masin from Slavia Praha of the Czech Republic’s junior team. The Radim, Czech Republic native skated in 39 games with Slavia Praha, posting two goals and 21 points to go along with 102 penalty minutes. Masin, 18, ranked first in the league for penalty minutes and ranked fifth on his club for points among defensemen.
The Lightning selected defenseman Johnathan MacLeod in the second round, 57th overall. MacLeod, 18, skated in 44 games in the USA’s Under-18 Development Program, posting two goals and seven points to go along with 74 penalty minutes. He captained Team USA to the Bronze Medal at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and won Gold with the team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship.
The Lightning traded their 80th overall selection to Minnesota to move up a spot to select forward Brayden Point from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Point skated in 72 games for Moose Jaw during the 2013-14 season, recording 36 goals and 91 points to go along with 53 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound forward led the Warriors and ranked 12th in the WHL for points. He also ranked tied for third in the WHL for power-play goals with 17. Point finished the season 36 points ahead of the next highest scorer on Moose Jaw.
Tampa Bay selected defenseman Ben Thomas from the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League with the 118th overall selection at the draft. Thomas, 18, skated in 72 games for the Hitmen last season, posting seven goals and 31 points to go along with 39 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound defenseman has skated in 79 career WHL games, all with Calgary, recording seven goals and 31 points.
With the 170th selection in the sixth round, the Lightning selected forward Cristiano DiGiacinto from the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. DiGiacinto, 18, played in 50 games in his rookie season with the Spitfires, posting 17 goals and 28 points to go along with 101 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward ranked tied for sixth among OHL rookies for goals. The Hamilton, Ontario native also ranked first among OHL rookies for penalty minutes.
The Lightning selected Cameron Darcy in the seventh round, 185th overall, with their final pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Darcy, 20, skated in 65 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, posting 35 goals and 82 points to go along with 51 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 189-pound forward led the Screaming Eagles for goals, assists and points. The South Boston, Massachusetts native ranked ninth in the QMJHL for points and tied for 11th for goals.