General manager Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning had three priorities going into this offseason.
First, he wanted to find a goalie for the future for the Bolts. He hopefully accomplished that goal by trading for G Anders Lindback a week before the 2012 NHL Draft (June 22-23), which will be the 50th all-time draft for the league.
Yzerman also wants to improve the defense of the Lightning as well as add depth to his forward lines.
Luckily for the Yzerman and the Lightning, this particular draft is very deep in terms of talented defensemen.
Barring some more trade activity, the Lightning have two selections in Round 1, the 10th pick and the 19th pick. The Bolts had three selections in Round 2, but traded away two of them in the move for Lindback. The Lightning still have the 40th pick in the second round.
The Lightning could get an additional second-round pick this year because of the Pavel Kubina trade to the Philadelphia Flyers last season. The Florida Panthers have rights to that pick and they can either give the Bolts the pick in 2012 or 2013.
Tampa Bay also has picks in all the other rounds (3-7) of the 2012 NHL Draft, but I am only doing a mock draft for the first two rounds.