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      NHL draft produces possible new members of the Crunch, Comets

      After a disappointing season and with captain Vincent LeCavalierâ??s departure imminent, the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to use the third pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to itâ??s full potential. The Lightning took winger Jonathan Drouin from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

      Drouin, who earned the QMJHLâ??s MVP, Professional Prospect, and Personality of the Year Awards in route of helping Halifax win its first Memorial Cup this past season, has been labeled as the best stick handler in this yearâ??s draft. This season with the Mooseheads, he scored 41 goals and added 64 assists in 49 games along with playing for Canada in this yearâ??s IIHF World Championships. For the Lightningâ??s American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse Crunch, this may mean a new player to spark offense next season.

      In other Crunch news, Tampa Bay resigned forward Mike Angelidis to a two-way AHL-NHL deal. Angelidis was the captain of the Crunch this past season and helped power them to the teamâ??s first Calder Cup final appearance. The Crunch also announced that the teamâ??s home opener for the 2013-14 season will be on October 12th at the War Memorial. The team will start their celebration of their 20th season along with raising banners for their Eastern Division and Eastern Conference Championships this past season. Other announced home dates include October 26th, November 29th, December 28th and January 11th.

      In other NHL Draft news, the Vancouver Canucks traded goalie Corey Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the 9th pick of the first round. For the Devils, Schneider is believed to be the heir to the goalie position that has been held by the legendary Martin Brodeur since 1993. The Canucks recently named the Utica Comets as their new AHL affiliate starting this upcoming 2013-14 season and Brodeur played for the Utica Devils of the AHL during the 1992-1993 seasons.