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Community NHL Mock Draft 2012: Tampa Bay Lightning

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Welcome back, Wilderness. Hopefully you all had a memorable Memorial Day weekend. It's time to get back to work.

Today, we look south to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It really is too bad there are no franchise goalies ready to be plucked in the first round this year. The Bolts could really use one or two of those, and it would make the choice a heck of a lot easier for us. Instead, it looks as though it it will come down to the same choice every other team in the draft is facing this year.

Do the Lightning take one of the defenseman available in one of the deepest defensive drafts in recent memory, or do they take one of the few forwards worthy of a first round selection? Time to decide.

Our draft thus far:

  1. Edmonton Oilers: Nail Yakupov
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets: Ryan Murray
  3. Montreal Canadiens: Alex Galchenyuk
  4. New York Islanders: Filip Forsberg
  5. Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikhail Grigorenko
  6. Anaheim Ducks: Matthew Dumba
  7. Minnesota Wild: Jacob Trouba
  8. Carolina Hurricanes: Teuvo Teravainen
  9. Winnipeg Jets: Morgan Rielly