Though led by perennial Norris Trophy contender Victor Hedman, the Lightning’s defense corps was a major weak spot last season and in need of an upgrade. Sergachev, the ninth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, is considered to be a highly skilled two-way defenseman with an excellent offensive upside who is ready to jump into the NHL next season.
“He’s got good size, very strong, he’s physical, skates really well, has got an excellent shot,” Yzerman said of the 6-3, 215 pound teenager from Russia. “I think he has a chance to play in all situations in this league. It’s very difficult to find a player of that caliber. And a prospect of that caliber is Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys difficult to acquire.”
To get Sergachev it cost the Lightning the highly skilled Drouin, the Custom Cheap Jerseys third overall selection in the 2013 draft who scored 21 goals this past season and has recorded 95 points in his first 164 NHL games. With Montreal seeking scoring punch up front, Drouin, a Quebec native, is a perfect fit for the Canadiens.
“John is a generational player, sees the game at a remarkable level,” Eberle said of Tavares, the top overall pick in the 2009 draft who has totaled 235 goals and 537 points in 587 games. “I’m excited for the opportunity to play with him and, hopefully, bring success to the Islanders.”
Eberle told reporters that he knows several of his new teammates — including Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Travis Hamonic and Thomas Hickey — having trained with them in the past.
“The Islanders are a tough team to play against and have a lot of potential,” said Eberle. “I’m excited to be a part of that.”