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Lightning first-round choices

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 17, 2001

2000, Nikita Aleexev, RW, 8, Great potential; expected to make team this season.

1999, None,1,Pick traded in deal to acquire G Dan Cloutier.

1998, Vinny Lecavalier,C,1,Bad 2000-01 season, but still a future superstar.

1997, Paul Mara, D, 7, A disappointment; sent to Coyotes in deal for G Nikolai Khabibulin.

1996, Mario Larocque, D, 16, Stuck in minors.

1995, Daymond Langkow, C, 5,Flourished after 1998 trade to Flyers for Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger.

1994, Jason Wiemer, LW, 8, Traded in 1998 to Calgary for Sandy McCarthy and a third-round draft pick that became Brad Richards.

1993, Chris Gratton, C, 3, A solid player who seems to have found niche withthe Sabres.

1992, Roman Hamrlik, D, 1, Lost to Oilers in 1997 trade for Bryan Marchment, Steve Kelly and Jason Bonsignore. Not a total loss. Marchment's trade to the Sharks got the draft pick that turned into Lecavalier.

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