Sunday, March 15, 2009

Meet The New Guy: Matt Lashoff

Inspired by the KB's amusing series of better known as a newbie, I thought we should take a look at the new guy that we've traded for.

He has been out since the trade deadline with a calf laceration, but is expected to make his Lightning debut soon.

Today's New Guy: Matt Lashoff #49

The Beginning: He was was drafted #22 overall (1st round) by the Boston Bruins in the 2005 entry draft. Lashoff played 3 seasons in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers and then in the 2006-2006 season played for the Providence Bruins. He has played 46 games with Boston since being drafted, has recorded 1 goal and been a -7. His first NHL goal was scored on Dec 31 2007 against the Atlanta Thrashers. He was named to the AHL all-rookie team in 06/07. He was traded to the Lightning at the trade deadline with Martins Karsums in the exchange for Mark Recchi and a 2nd round draft pick.

How much does he cost? $685, 000, he's an RFA this year.

What will he bring? Born September 29, 1986 in East Greenbush, NY. He's 6'2" and 204 lbs. He a 22 year old defenceman with a left handed shot. Like any young defencemen he still makes mistakes. He's supposed to a good all around player that skate well and has an offensive upside.

He sounds like he has top 4 potential, and with the opportunity to play in Tampa at the NHL level, it should improve his game. He is still young, and has room to improve, but did we notice how young our blue line is getting?

Interesting Facts?
-He has a younger brother named Brian Lashoff who is also a defenceman.
-He got a scholarship to go to Boston University, but decided instead to play in the OHL
He's not very interesting according to the internet, this was as much as I could find, these young guys with uninteresting lives are killing me.

Possible Nicknames?
1. Lash-on....Lash-off!!

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