Tampa Bay Lightning Spend Late Picks on Forwards in NHL Draft


Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announces Anthony Deangelo (not pictured) as the number nineteen overall pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning spent their final two picks of the 2014 NHL Draft by adding more depth up front.

With the 170th overall pick, the Lightning selected Cristiano DiGiacinto of the Windsor Spitfires from the OHL.

In 50 games he registered 28 points (17-11) and 101 penalty minutes.

As seen by his penalty minutes, DiGiacinto is a very physical player, so much so that he was suspended twice last season. One suspension was for a hit to the head and the other was for chasing down an opponent. He’s also had 11 career fights.

The Lightning made another trade to move up 15 spots to 185th overall so that they could take Cameron Darcy of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the QMJHL.

Steve Yzerman sent the 200th overall pick and a 2015 7th-rounder to the New York Islanders to facilitate the trade.

In Darcy, the Lightning get Cape Breton’s leading scorer. In 65 games he scored 35 times and added 47 assists. It was the only year of major junior he has played.

Darcy can return to Cape Breton next season as an over-ager or he can play pro with either Syracuse or Florida (ECHL).