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A look at the Lightning draft picks

Jonathan Drouin
Position: Left wing
Selected: No. 3 overall (first round)
Vitals: 5-foot-11, 176 pounds; born in Ste. Agathe, Quebec on March 27, 1995
Need to know: Named the player of the year in the Canadian Hockey League, which includes all three top junior leagues, as well as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Most Valuable Player, Best Professional Prospect and Personality of the Year in 2012-13. ... Won a Memorial Cup championship with Halifax this past season. ... Ranked No. 3 overall North American skater by NHL Central Scout as well as International Scouting Services. ... Ranked top available prospect by Hockey Prospectus. ... Teammate of No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon. ... Used to train in the summer with Lightning forward Alex Killorn. ... First player to be named CHL player of the year award in his first year of draft-eligibility since Sidney Crosby with the Rimouski Oceanic in 2004-05.
Comment: "His hockey sense, his skill, his competitiveness . . . we like all of his tools.'' - Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman
Adam Erne
Position: Left wing
Selected: 33rd overall (Second round)
Vitals: 6-foot, 210 pounds; born in New Haven, Conn., on April 20, 1995
Need to know: Ranked 13 overall prospect by The Hockey News. ... Played for Patrick Roy the past two seasons with Quebec in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... Played for Team USA at the 2012 Ivan Hlincka Under-18 tournament, scoring five goals and seven points in four games. ... Ranked 26th overall North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting and 37th overall by ISS. ... Was a linemate in Quebec with Buffalo 2012 first-round pick Mikail Grigorenko. ... Invited to USA World Junior Evaluation camp that will take place from Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Comment: "A big body with a high skill level. Plays a big man's game, in the corners, in front of the net. ... He's got a terrific shot, is a play-maker as well as a goal scorer and he plays very well defensively." - Lightning director of scouting Al Murray
Kristers Gudlevskis
Position: Goaltender
Selected: 124th overall (fifth round)
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 189 pounds; born July 31, 1992 in Latvia
Need to know: Posted a 2.09 goals-against average with a .927 save percentage in 56 games with Riga's junior team in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. ... Appeared in two games with the top Riga team, posting a 2.18 GAA and .921 save percentage. ... Appeared in four games with Latvia at the World Championships, posting 2.22 GAA and .925 save percentage.
Comment: "We believe he has a chance to come in this year and compete for an American Hockey League spot with our team and continue his development." - Murray
Henri Ikonen
Position: Left wing
Selected: 154th overall (Sixth round)
Vitals: 6-foot, 198 pounds; born April 17, 1994 in Savonlinna, Finland
Need to know: Had 22 goals and 51 points in 61 games with Kingston in the Ontario Hockey League. ... Ranked 180th North American Skater by NHL Central Scout, 154th overall by ISS. ... ISS tabbed Ikonen as a draft sleeper. ... "Works well along the boards and off cycle. ... Displays great strength in his lower body and on his skates with a North-South offensive style,'' according to ISS. ... Will participate with Finland World Junior team at Lake Placid camp in August.
Comment: "He's highly competitive, he's (Kingston's) top penalty killer, he plays on their No. 1 power play, he's captain material. We think he has huge upside, has all the things we look for. He's got competitiveness, he's got skill, he's got leadership abilities.'' - Murray
Saku Salminen
Position: Center
Selected: 184th overall (7th round)
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 187 pounds; born in Helsinki, Finland, on Oct. 20, 1994
Need to know: Was ranked 74th overall skater by NHL Central Scouting. ... Will particiapte with Finland World Junior team in Lake Placid in August. ... Suffered a back injury that kept him out six weeks and dropped him back to the Jokerit junior team. ... Appeared in 13 games with Jokerit men's team, registering one goal and two points plus 12 penatly minutes.
Comment: "A big winger, plays a power game, not a high skill guy, but a big physical guy.'' - Murray
Joel Vermin
Position: Right wing
Selected: 186th overall (7th round)
Vitals: 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, born in Frauenkappelen, Switzerland, on Feb. 5, 1992
Need to know: During the NHL lockout, he was a linemate with New York Islanders center John Tavares. ... Ranked 34th overall European skater by NHL Central Scouting. ... Has one year remaining on his contract with Bern in the Swiss elite league. ... Is a candidate to play for Switzerland in the Olympics in February. ... Had 13 goals and 35 points in 47 games with Bern this season.
Comment: "We are going to be a little patient but we think we have a high skill level player that has a good compete level and good hockey sense.'' - Murray
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