Tampa Bay completed its first trade during the 2021 NHL Draft to grab left wing Dylan Duke of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

The Lightning dealt their Fourth Round selection in the 2022 Draft to Montreal to move up into the Fourth Round this year and take Duke with the 126th overall pick. The Bolts didn’t own a Fourth Round selection in the 2021 Draft entering Saturday.

Duke is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward from Strongsville, Ohio. In 50 games with the U-18s during the 2020-21 season, he recorded 29 goals and 49 points, ranking second on the team in both categories. He was named a Top 3 player for Team USA.

Duke registered four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in five games for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship in April 2021.

Duke is ranked the 29th North American skater in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings. He’s committed to the University of Michigan. His father Steve Duke played hockey at Western Michigan University and professionally in the ECHL and AHL. His younger brother Tyler Duke is also a player in the National Team Development Program with the U-17 team.

Duke is 18 years old and shoots left. He is the second player the Lightning selected from the US NTSP after they took defenseman Roman Schmidt in the Third Round with their first pick of the draft (96th overall).

Photo by Rena Laverty

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