The loss of Martin St. Louis might sting a little less for the Tampa Bay Lightning after this weekend.
The Lightning head to Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL draft with two first-round picks and three in the top 50.
When Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman satisfied St. Louis' request to be traded to the New York Rangers before the March trade deadline, the Lightning received a conditional second-round pick. When the Rangers reached the Eastern Conference Finals, that selection turned into a first-rounder.
Ending up with the No. 28 choice -- compared with what would have been in the high 50s -- should be a big difference in the talent available in what scouts predict to be a shallow draft.
Selecting deep in the first round probably won't net the Lightning NHL-ready talent, but they are also in no rush. Tampa Bay has shown no interest in rushing prospects, and its greatest needs -- a big centerman or defenseman -- are positions that don't need to be filled immediately due to a well-...