Tampa Bay Sports Day

2016 NHL Draft Kicks Off Friday Night

TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning hold a total of nine picks, including two in the second round, at the 2016 NHL Draft, which gets underway with picks 1-30 on Friday at 7 p.m. (NBCSN) at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 10 a.m. (NHL Network).

The Lightning own all of their original seven selections. They have two additional picks, 44th overall in the second round (from Boston in exchange for Brett Connolly) and 205th overall in the seventh round (Dallas’ pick via Edmonton).

The Bolts made nine selections in the 2015 draft, including two in the second round (Mitchell Stephens 33rd overall and Matthew Spencer 44th overall). Since the draft went to seven rounds in 2005, the Lightning have never made more than nine selections, which they did in 2015, 2007 and 2005.

The 2016 NHL Draft will mark the third time the Sabres and the city of Buffalo host the event, the second time at First Niagara Center. Buffalo also hosted the draft at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in 1991. The last time the NHL Draft was in Buffalo, in 1998, the Lightning selected Vincent Lecavalier with the first overall pick.