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Raw Charge: Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 NHL Draft Profiles: Nolan Foote joins his brother Cal as a Bolt
After not having a first round pick last year, the Lightning returned to day one of the draft with the 27th pick. They used it to select the brother of their most recent first round pick. Winger Nolan Foote from the Kelowna Rockets joins his brother Cal, whom the Bolts selected 14th overall in 2017, as one of the top prospects in the Lightning organization.
When we did our pre-draft scouting series, we didn't cover Foote. We thought he was ranked a bit too far down to be a realistic option at 27th overall. In our consolidated rankings, he was 50th.
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Raw Charge: Tampa Bay Lightning trade J.T. Miller to Vancouver Canucks for picks including a first rounder
It was less than a year and a half ago that the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers along with Ryan McDonagh. He was re-signed as a restricted free agent to a five year contract with a salary cap hit of $5.25 million. Miller had a decent year by his standards with 13 goals and 47 points. He was played all over the line up never really settling in to one spot. And now, he's on his way out. To the Vancouver Canucks.
The Lightning receive a conditional 2020 first round pick, a 2019 third round pick, and goaltender Marek Mazanec in return for Miller.
Raw Charge: 2019 NHL Draft day two live blog with all Tampa Bay Lightning selections and trades
Day two of the NHL draft is officially underway. The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the day with five picks but didn't waste any time acquiring a sixth in a trade with Vancouver. General Manager Julien BriseBois sent JT Miller to the west coast in exchange for Vancouver's third round pick this year, a conditional first round pick in 2020 or 2021, and goalie Marek Mazanec.
The pick acquired from the Canucks will be the Lightning's first pick of the day at 71. That will be followed by their own pick at 89 in the third round.
TBO: NHL Draft: Who did the Lightning pick?
The Lightning went into the the 2019 NHL Draft with six picks and added one more by trading J.T. Miller to Vancouver.
Here's a breakdown of who Tampa Bay took:<b>Nolan Foote</b>
LW, Canada/United States
6-foot-4, 195 pound
Foote joins his brother, defenseman Cal, in the Lightning organization. The Lightning picked Cal 14th overall in 2017 and he spent last season playing with AHL Syracuse. Nolan is a forward in a family of defensemen; their father played 14 seasons and won the Stanley Cup twice with Colorado.
Al Murray, Lightning assistant general manager and director of amateur scouting credited both Footes' size, saying they know how to play the game.
"I'm just happy." 2019 #NHLDraft | No. 71, Hugo Alnefelt: https://t.co/CdwF1fxuZA
TBO: NHL Draft: Lightning trade J.T. Miller to Vancouver
The Lightning traded J.T. Miller to Vancouver during the second round of the draft.
Julien BriseBois said the Lightning wouldn't consider need in its draft picks, but that doesn't mean he's not thinking of this season. This move opens some much-needed salary cap space for Tampa Bay.
Miller has four more years on his contract at $5.25 million and was one of few Lightning players without a no-trade clause.
In return, the Lightning received a third-round draft pick (71st overall) and a conditional first-round pick for next year (slides to 2021 if the Canucks don't make the playoffs), as well as an AHL veteran goaltender.
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With the 27th overall pick from the @kelowna_rockets... Nolan Foote is a Bolt! @foote_nolan | #NHLDraft https://t.co/yjcgc8DNLU
Raw Charge: Quick Strikes: Nolan Foote joins his brother Cal as the Lightning first-round pick
The main event of Friday was clearly the first round of 2019 NHL Entry Draft. This year the Tampa Bay Lightning had the 27th overall pick and Geo discussed why it could have been worth it to trade the first round selection [Raw Charge]
Once you start getting towards the end of the first round, the difference between players becomes smaller and smaller. There is a very steep drop off that goes from the top two or three players, then through the top 10 and top 20. Once you get around pick 20, the value curve flattens out greatly.
TBO: NHL Draft: Lightning select Nolan Foote as its No. 27 pick
TAMPA -- Family ties are staying with Tampa Bay as the Lightning selected Nolan Foote as its 27th pick Friday night in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.
Foote, a left winger from Canada, played in 66 games this season, notching 63 points on the year.
Foote's father Adam was a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Avalanche. Foote's older brother Cal is a defenseman for the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay's affiliate and was selected No. 14 in the 2017 NHL Draft.
[ MORE LIGHTNING: Lightning's home opener will be Oct. 3 against Florida Panthers ]
Before the draft, Julien BriseBois said the Lightning wouldn't be considering need and would stick to its ranking.
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Raw Charge: The Tampa Bay Lightning select Nolan Foote 27th overall in the 2019 NHL draft
The Lightning have made their first selection in the first round of the NHL draft since 2017. And once again, they've selected a player from the Foote family. Left winger Nolan Foote, the brother of Cal Foote who plays defense in Syracuse, is the latest addition to the Lightning's prospect pipeline.
In our consolidated rankings, Foote landed in the middle of the second round. It's hard to look at this pick and not feel like it's a reach. The Lightning don't have another pick until the third round so if he was highest on their board, it makes sense for them to select him.
TBO: What does long-term injured reserve mean for the Lightning's salary cap?
Ryan Callahan's $5.8 million salary doesn't come off the books, but Tampa Bay does get some needed relief to re-sign Brayden Point.
Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan on the ice for warmups during a February game from this past season. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Two specters have been looming over the Lightning: the playoff embarrassment and the salary cap.
Everyone is still working to move on from that first one, but putting Ryan Callahan on long-term injured reserve does alleviate some of the cap issues.