Former UCF and Lakewood High standout Shaquem Griffin understandably has been focused on the NFL draft next week in Arlington, Tex., where he is projected as a potential second-day pick.
But the Lightning's playoff run hasn't escaped his attention.
Asked for a hot take today while appearing on ESPN's First Take, Griffin said, "The Tampa Bay Lightning is going to win the Stanley Cup."
"My guy, Steven Stamkos, he's going to get the job done," Griffin said. "Watching those guys play, they're turning it up right now. It's 3-1 against the Devils, game coming up. They're on the road right now. We're not No. 1 for (no) reason."
Show co-host Stephen A. Smith lauded Griffin for his take, suggesting it could help him find employment when he decides to quit playing football.
"He deserves a lot of credit for that," Smith said. "He's a black man talking about hockey. Congratulations, because you certainly aren't going to get me to do it."
"So, congratulations to versatility, my brother. You've probably got a job here once you're playing career is over based on that take alone."