Tyrell predicts Lightning strike

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- Dana Tyrell has a sixth sense on the ice.

Seems right it would come in handy on draft day.

Tyrell, the Airdrie product who plays for the WHL Prince George Cougars, felt the Tampa Bay Lightning would call his name when it came time to make the 47th overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft.

"I kinda called this one," Tyrell said. "I thought I was gonna go to Tampa Bay. I had some good interviews with them and told myself they were gonna take me."

Another half-dozen Calgary and area products were summoned yesterday.

Also chosen in the second round was T.J. Galiardi, a 6-ft. 2-in., 172-lb. forward who played for Dartmouth University this past season.

Galiardi was claimed with the 55th pick by Colorado after collecting 11 goals and 13 assists in 29 games.

Goaltender Tyson Sexsmith, who backstopped Vancouver to the Memorial Cup title, was chosen 91st by San Jose, while centre Justin McCrae of the Saskatoon Blades was nabbed by Carolina with the 102nd pick.

In the fifth round, Regina Pats goalie Linden Rowat of Cochrane was claimed 124th by Los Angeles, while Bradley Eidsness, who tended net for his hometown Okotoks Oilers, was chosen 139th by Buffalo. Cody Almond, a centre for Kelowna, was called by Minnesota 140th.

A couple more Hitmen were also claimed yesterday.

The St. Louis Blues nabbed forward Brett Sonne 85th, and Minnesota took Carson McMillan 200th.


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